China launches experimental satellite
China successfully launched the Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket with the Tianxing-1 experimental satellite. The device is designed to study near-Earth space. This was reported by China Central Television.
The rocket was launched at 10:08 local time (05:08 Moscow time) from the Jiuquan Cosmodrome in Gansu Province. The satellite entered the assigned orbit. The report noted that the launch was considered successful.
The three-stage Kuaizhou-1A launch vehicle can launch 4 to 6 satellites in a single launch. The rocket is capable of delivering up to 300 kilograms of payload to low Earth orbit, and Kuaizhou-1A can deliver up to 250 kilograms to sun-synchronous orbit.
In April, China successfully launched the Gaofen-3-03 environmental monitoring satellite into orbit.
In March, China launched its first hybrid rocket. The Long March 6A uses an oxygen-kerosene fuel pair.