Beijing, Oct 28 (AP) China’s first attempt to deploy a privately developed rocket capable of carrying a satellite has failed. Also Read - 'Highly Speculative' to Say Coronavirus Did Not Emerge in China: WHO Expert

Beijing-based Landspace said that the first and second stage of its ZQ-1 rocket worked normally on Saturday but something went wrong with the third stage. Also Read - India Deploys MARCOS In Eastern Ladakh, Naval Commandos To Get New Boats Soon

The ZQ-1 was the first three-stage rocket built by a private company in China. A smaller private rocket was launched in May. Also Read - US Imposes Sanctions on Russian and Chinese Companies For Supporting Iranian Missile Programme

Video posted by a Chinese news site showed Landspace’s 19-meter- (62-foot-) tall red-and-white rocket lifting off against clear blue skies.

The company said that “cowling separation was normal but something abnormal happened after the second stage.” The statement on its Weibo social media account did not elaborate.

Chinese media reports said the rocket was carrying a satellite for state broadcaster CCTV.

The Landspace statement said that it still believes that building satellite-carrying rockets is “the right decision for the company.” (AP) MRJ MRJ

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.