Galactic Energy (Beijing) Space Technology Co., LTD.
Galactic Energy
Company typePrivate
IndustryAerospace
FoundedFebruary 6, 2018; 6 years ago (2018-02-06)
Founders
  • Liu Baiqi
  • Xia Dongkun
Headquarters
Beijing, China
Websitewww.galactic-energy.cn/En Edit this at Wikidata
Ceres-1

Galactic Energy (Chinese: 星河动力) is a Chinese private space launch enterprise flying the Ceres-1[1][2][3] and developing the Pallas-1 orbital rockets. The company's long-term objective is to mine asteroids for rare metals and minerals.[4]

History

Galactic Energy successfully conducted its first launch in November 2020 with a Ceres-1 rocket. Galactic Energy became the second private company in China to put a satellite in orbit successfully (after i-Space) and the fourth to attempt an orbital launch (after Landspace, OneSpace, and i-Space).[5]

On 6 December 2021, Galactic Energy launched its second Ceres-1 rocket, becoming the first Chinese private firm to reach orbit twice.[6] In January 2022, the company raised $200 million for reusable launch vehicle development.[7]

Ceres-1

Main article: Ceres-1 (rocket)

Ceres-1 (Chinese: 谷神星一号) is a four-stage rocket, the first three stages use solid-propellant rocket motors and the final stage uses a hydrazine propulsion system. It is about 19 m (62 ft) tall and 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in) in diameter. It can deliver 400 kg (880 lb) to low Earth orbit or 300 kg (660 lb) to 500 km Sun-synchronous orbit.[8]

The first launch of Ceres-1 took place at 7 November 2020, successfully placing the Tianqi 11 (also transcribed Tiange, also known as TQ 11, and Scorpio 1, COSPAR 2020-080A) satellite in orbit.[9] The satellite's mass was about 50 kg (110 lb) and its purpose was to function as an experimental satellite offering Internet of things (IoT) communications.[10]

On 5 September 2023 the sea-launched version of the launch vehicle, designated Ceres-1S, made its debut successfully sending to orbit four Tianqi satellites. The launch took place from the DeFu 15002 converted barge (previously used also for launching the Long March 11 launch vehicle) off the coast of Haiyang.[11]

Pallas-1

Main article: Pallas-1

The Pallas-1 (Chinese: 智神星一号) is a two-stage medium-lift orbital launch vehicle currently in development, with its inaugural flight anticipated in the third quarter of 2024. The first stage will have legs and grid fins to allow recovery by vertical landing (much like the SpaceX Falcon 9).[12] The first stage of Pallas-1 uses seven “CQ-50” liquid oxygen/kerosene engines, with a lift-off mass of 283 tons and a maximum payload capacity to low Earth orbit (LEO) of 8 tons. Using three Pallas-1 booster cores as its first stage, the rocket will be capable of putting a 17.5-tonne payload into low Earth orbit (LEO).[13]

Marketplace

Galactic Space is in competition with several other Chinese space rocket startups, being LandSpace, LinkSpace, ExPace, i-Space, OneSpace and Deep Blue Aerospace.[14]

Launches

Rocket & Serial Date Payload Orbit Launch Site Outcome Notes
Ceres-1 Y1 7 November 2020,
07:12 UTC[15]
Tianqi-1 (Scorpio-1) SSO Jiuquan Success First flight of Ceres-1.
Ceres-1 Y2 7 December 2021,
04:12 UTC[16][6]
Tianjin University-1
Lize-1
Baoyun
Golden Bauhinia-5
Golden Bauhinia-1 03
SSO Jiuquan Success
Ceres-1 Y3 9 August 2022,
04:11 UTC[17]
Taijing-1 01
Taijing-1 02
Donghai-1
SSO Jiuquan Success
Ceres-1 Y4 16 November 2022,
06:19 UTC[18]
Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D 08
Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D 51
Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D 52
Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D 53
Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D 54
SSO Jiuquan Success
Ceres-1 Y5 9 January 2023,
05:04 UTC[19]
Nantong Zhongxue
Tianmu-1 01
Tianmu-1 02
Xiamen Keji-1
Tianqi-13
SSO Jiuquan Success
Ceres-1 Y6 22 July 2023,
05:07 UTC[20]
Qiankun-1
Xingshidai-16 (Tai'an)
SSO Jiuquan Success
Ceres-1 Y7 10 August 2023,
04:03 UTC[21]
Diwei Zhineng Yingji-1 (Henan Ligong-1)
Xi'an Hangtou × 4
Xiguang-1 01
Xingchi-1B
SSO Jiuquan Success
Ceres-1 Y8 25 August 2023,
04:59 UTC[22]
Jilin-1 Kuanfu-02A (HKUST-Xiongbin-1) SSO Jiuquan Success
Ceres-1S Y1 5 September 2023,
09:34 UTC[11]
Tianqi-21
Tianqi-22
Tianqi-23
Tianqi-24
SSO DeFu 15002 platform,
Yellow Sea
Success First sea-launch flight.
Ceres-1 Y11 21 September 2023,
04:59 UTC[23]
Jilin-1 Gaofen-04B SSO Jiuquan Failure First Ceres-1 failure after 9 consecutive successful launches since 2020.
Ceres-1 Y9 4 December 2023,
23:33 UTC[24]
Tianyan-16
Xingchi-1A
SSO Jiuquan Success Successful return of the launch of the Ceres-1 rocket after suffering a failure in September.
Ceres-1S Y2 29 May 2024,
08:12 UTC[25]
Tianqi-25
Tianqi-26
Tianqi-27
Tianqi-28
LEO Special converted barge (Dong Fang Hang Tian Gang)
Offshore waters of Rizhao, Yellow Sea
Success
Ceres-1 Y12 30 May 2024,
23:39 UTC[26]
Jiguang 01 & 02
Yunyao-1 (14,25,26)
SSO Jiuquan Success
Ceres-1 Y13 6 June 2024,
05:00 UTC[27]
TEE-01B
Naxing-3A/B
SSO Jiuquan Success
Ceres-1S Y3 June 2024[28] Unknown Payload Yellow Sea Planned
Ceres-1 2024

[29][30]

Zengzhang-1 LEO Jiuquan Planned Reentry capsule
Pallas-1 Y1 2024[31] TBA LEO TBA Planned First flight of Pallas-1.

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