China’s busy year continues with four launches in six days

With Monday’s launch of the Shiyan-20A satellite aboard a Chang Zheng 4C rocket, China has rounded out a busy few days which have seen four orbital launches – including the debut of one new rocket and the first successful flight of another. With just under three weeks remaining, 2022 has already been a record year for China in space, with Monday’s launch marking the country’s fifty-ninth attempted orbital mission of the year. The country’s previous record of 55 or 56 launches – depending on the inclusion of an unconfirmed orbital missile test – was set last year. Depending on the interpretation, this mark was either equaled or surpassed by China’s 56th launch of 2022 at the beginning of the recent flurry of launches last Wednesday, Dec. 7. This was China’s first launch of December – and the country’s first since the crewed Shenzhou-15 mission at the end of November – and saw a Kuaizhou-11 (KZ-11) lift off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 9:15 AM local time (01:15 UTC) on Wednesday. The three-stage, solid-fueled, KZ-11 is operated by the ExPace Technology Corporation, part of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), and is designed to provide commercial…

Read More…
China’s busy year continues with four launches in six days

Updated: December 12, 2022 — 9:27 pm