The launch of the CENTISPACE 1-S1 small satellite took place at 0413 GMT, 29 September, 2018, from the Jiuguan Satellite Launch Center in Northern China, utilising the Kuaizhou 1A solid-launch vehicle. This marks the second time this new launch vehicle has placed a payload into orbit – the first mission took place in January 2017.

The Kuaizhou 1A rocket carrying the CENTISPACE 1-S1 satellite into orbit. Courtesy of Xinhua


Expace Technology Corp was founded as the first private, Chinese commercial launch provider in 2016 and is a subsidiary of CASIC – one of the pillars of the Chinese space industry – where it acts as a commercial rocket division.