China successfully launches a satellite test with the Kuaizhou-1A rocket

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China successfully launches a satellite test with the Kuaizhou-1A rocket

Shiyan-11 is built for testing, but the purpose of the satellite’s latest mission has not yet been revealed.

Kuaizhou-1A, a general-purpose, small-sized rocket series featuring fast deployment speed, is designed and manufactured by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation for commercial launches.

Story Highlights

  • China launched its Shiyan-11 satellite into space aboard a Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket at 7:41 a.m. (BJT) on Thursday from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China. The satellite has since entered its predetermined orbit.

  • Another series of Chinese satellites called Shijian is used for technology verification. The latest Shijian satellite, the Shijian-21, was launched in October, while the previous Shiyan satellite, the Shiyan-10, didn’t work as intended after being successfully launched into the planned orbit.