Kuaizhou-1A experiences second launch failure

At 02:00 UTC, or 10:00 am local time Wednesday, ExPace unsuccessfully launched a Kuaizhou-1A rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. The vehicle was launched from Site 95 at Jiuquan. The launch failure was confirmed by Chinese state media and stated that “abnormal performance was detected during the flight of the rocket.”  Xinhua stated that an investigation into the launch failure has been opened. The cause of the launch failure has not yet been confirmed. The Kuaizhou-1A was carrying two satellites, called GeeSAT-1A and GeeSAT-1B. These two payloads were commercial navigation satellites. See AlsoGeeSAT-1A & 1B UpdatesChina Forum SectionL2 ResourcesClick here to Join L2 The first indication of an upcoming Kuaizhou-1A launch on December 13 was when a NOTAM, or Notice to Air Missions, was issued, indicating a launch out of Jiuquan. The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center is located in the Gobi Desert, situated in Inner Mongolia in northwestern China. But, this NOTAM was canceled and replaced with another for December 15, which indicated a delay for the launch. Jiuquan is the oldest spaceport in China. The first satellite launched by China, the Dong Fang Hong-1, launched on a Long March/Chang Zheng-1 from Jiuquan on April 24, 1970,…

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Kuaizhou-1A experiences second launch failure

Updated: December 15, 2021 — 9:27 am