Kuaizhou-1A launches Shiyan-11 technology development satellite

The private Chinese launch company ExPace, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), has successfully launched the Shiyan-11 technology satellite from Site 95 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia, central China. The ExPace Kuaizhou-1A rocket began its 13th launch — and its 12th successful flight — on November 25 at 07:41 Beijing time (23:41 UTC on November 24), launching Shiyan-11 into a sun-synchronous polar orbit. This marks the third ExPace and the third Kuaizhou-1A launch of 2021. The Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A), also known as the Fei Tian 1, is an upgraded version of the Kuaizhou-1 which was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) as a quick reaction launch vehicle that could be readied on short notice to replace satellites damaged or destroyed in orbit.  The Kauizhou-1A vehicle vertical at Jiuquan prior to launch The KZ-1A is designed to launch after being set up by a transporter-erector launcher (TEL) vehicle, and has minimal infrastructure requirements which are claimed to bring substantial cost savings. All but two KZ-1A flights have been made from Jiuquan so far, the same space center used for crewed Shenzhou launches and dating…

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Kuaizhou-1A launches Shiyan-11 technology development satellite

Updated: November 25, 2021 — 9:26 am