China Launches First Commercial Space Mission with New Kuaizhou-1A Rocket (Download PDF)


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China successfully sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission. It is using an updated version of the low-cost Kuaizhou-1A rocket. The KZ-1A rocket was developed from the Kuaizhou-1 rocket with improvements in adaptability. It sent three small satellites into orbit.

China's Carrier Rocket Puts 3 Satellites in Space

China's Carrier Rocket Puts 3 Satellites in Space

China's Carrier Rocket Puts 3 Satellites in Space


  • The rocket was launched form northwestern China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province.
  • Rocket Technology Company under the state owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (ACSIC) was responsible for the successful launch mission.

Three Satellites in Orbit

  • Jilin-1 (03) video satellite

    • It is improvised and advance version of erstwhile Kuaizhou-1 rocket.
    • It is a low-cost solid- fuelled carrier rocket with high reliability and short preparation period.
    • It has been designed to launch low-orbit satellites weighing less than 300 kg.
  • CubeSatsXY-S1

    • It is a multifunctional remote-sensing satellite providing high-definition video images.
    • It is expected to be used for environmental protection, land resource and forestry surveying,
    • Can be used for transport and disaster prevention and relief purposes.
  • XY-S1 and Caton-1 Satellites

    • They are experimental satellites to test technologies of low-orbit narrow-band communication.
    • Having VHF Data Exchange System (VDES)
    Three satellites into space launch by china

    Three Satellites into Space Launch by China

    Three satellites into space launch by china

    About Kuaizhou-1A Rocket

  • It is a high reliability, high precision and low cost solid launch vehicle.

  • Developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASIC).

  • Commercialized by the China Space Sanjiang Group Corporation (EXPACE).

  • The launch vehicle can send a 200kg payload into a 700km sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Mainly offers the service of sending a small satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to domestic and international customers.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 9, 2017


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