Chinese Kuaizhou-1A rocket launches Longjiang-3 – a prototype of its equivalent of Starlink

by | Jun 9, 2023 | China, Launches, Satellites

A Chinese CASIC-operated Kuaizhou-1A solid rocket launch vehicle was launched at 0235 GMT on 9 June 2023 from the Jiuquan launch site in Inner Mongolia. Aboard was the Longjiang-3 high-bandwidth communications test satellite. The satellite is built by the Harbin Institute of Technology and is said to be a test of a Chinese equivalent to the SpaceX Starlink design with its flat panel electronically-steered antennas.

Kuaizhou-1A launches Longjiang-3 into orbit. Courtesy: via finance.sina.com.cn

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