Chinese Kuaizhou-1A Rocket Launch Ends in Failure


HELSINKI – A Kuaizhou-1A satellite carrying a remote sensing satellite was launched from Jiuquine on Saturday after liftoff failure.

The Kuaizhou-1A solid rocket lifted from a transporter ejector launcher in Jiuquan in the Gobi Desert on Saturday at 1:02 am. Amateur footage of clear projection Shortly afterwards the Chinese appeared on social media.

The Chinese are launched in low-Earth and Sun-synchronous orbits, usually confirmed to be successful within an hour of liftoff. State media officially confirmed the failure (Chinese) five hours after launch. The Terse report states that the specific causes of the launch discrepancy are being further analyzed and investigated.

The launcher was carrying the Jilin-1 Goffen (‘high resolution’) 02C optical earth observation satellite. The satellite was conceived to have a resolution capacity of 0.76 meters with a width of 40 meters.

An unofficial social media post that previously announced launch success with launch images was later removed from Cena Weibo (see Twitter) Post).

Saturday’s mission was the fourth Chinese failure of 2020 by 26 launches. Inaugurated Long march 7a And expiration Kuaizhou-11 Failed, while a problem with Workhorse Long March 3B resulted in the loss of the Indonesian Palapa-N1 Communication satellite.

The launch discrepancy also brings up two more questions: the Kuaizhou-1A launch planned for September 17 and September 22. In recent times airspace closure notices were issued for all three launches. Three US launches (including the new LauncherOne and Astra rockets) and an Iranian orbital launch attempt in 2020 were also unsuccessful.

The Kuaizhou-1A is operated by RocketExpress, a leading commercial company. It is however owned and supported by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), a large state-owned enterprise, missile-maker and defense contractor.

The Kuizo-1A, derived from missile technology, is comprised of three solid stages and a liquid propellant upper stage, and is capable of holding a 200-kg payload in a 700-km sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).

Jilin-1 Earth observation satellites are developed and operated by Chengang Satellite Technology Company Limited (CGST). CGST is a commercial offshoot of the state-owned Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Saturday’s launch was the first failure of the Kuizhou-1A in ten flights. The launch was the second failure after a few hours The end Astra Rocket 3.1 vehicle during the first stage being burnt.