We have seen space launches from so close that some cameras have been scorched by combustion gases, but what if you move away to gain perspective. There are very few videos of the launch of a rocket taken from space, and this is undoubtedly one of the best.
Taken by a Jilin-1 satellite on Friday morning, the images show the second test flight of the Chinese space company OneSpace. The small sub-orbital rocket OS-X1 is part of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert and quadruples the speed of sound as it plows across the skies to northwest China.
OneSpace is a private company that plans to launch its first commercial launches in 2019. It was the first to launch a private rocket in China and is now working on the first private three-stage rocket with orbital capacity, the OS-M. Its creator, Shu Chang, wants it to be “one of the largest launches of small satellites in the world.” Compete with LandSpace, LinkSpace, ExPace and other companies that have emerged since the Chinese government opened Earth orbit to the private sector in 2014.
As for Jilin-1, it is a constellation of video surveillance satellites developed by Chang Guang Satellite and launched between 2015 and 2018. For now, there are seven in orbit; they operate at a height of 650 kilometers.