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Welcome to Edition 1.24 of the Rocket Report! This week we catch you up to date on efforts by Europe, Japan, and China to develop reusable rockets. (Spoiler alert: they’re a bit behind their Western competition). We’ve also got a couple of articles about NASA’s development of the large Space Launch System. (Spoiler alert, part two: Boeing says everything is fine).
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A Chinese commercial rocket failed to reach orbit. The Chinese private company LandSpace launched its solid-fueled Zhuque-1 orbital launch vehicle on Sunday, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. However, the launch failed to deploy the spacecraft in the correct orbit, NASASpaceflight.com reports. According to gbtimes, the failure was later attributed to a problematic reaction-control system.