China's private firm Galactic Energy sends five satellites to space
Updated 14:33, 09-Jan-2023
Cao Qingqing

China's commercial launch company Galactic Energy sent five satellites into orbit with its Ceres-1 (Y5) rocket on Monday, marking a success of the first launch mission by a Chinese private firm in 2023.

The rocket, carrying the satellites, lifted off at 1:04 p.m. (Beijing Time) from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China.

It's the fifth successful launch mission of the Ceres-1 rocket, which is codenamed "Give me five."

So far, Galactic Energy has sent 19 satellites into space for nine customers, setting a new record for a Chinese private company in the space sector. 

The company plans to conduct a total of eight to 10 launches this year.

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