Hyperbola-1 (SQX-1) solid rocket has fourth stage failure losing three weather sats

by | Jul 11, 2024 | China, Launches, Reliability Info, Satellites

At 2341 GMT on 10 July 2024, an upgraded version of the Hyperbola 1 (SQX-1) four stage solid propellant rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan launch site in China. Aboard were three Yunyao-1 weather satellites (Yunyao-1 15, 16 and 17) which are owned by Tianjin Yunyao Aerospace Technology Co., Ltd. and which were to be operated on their behalf by their manufacturer Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd (CGSTL). However, while the launch appeared to go well, it was later disclosed by Chinese authorities that there had been an unspecified failure on the fourth stage and the satellites had not achieved orbit.

Hyperbola-1 (SQX-1) Upgraded was launched on 10 July 2024 but all did not go well. Courtesy: bilibili.com

The Hyperbola-1 (SQX-1) is thought to be based on military ballistic missile technology. This launch was annotated as Y8 – the eighth official launch – but in reality nine of the family have been launched. Two of these were suborbital R & D launches of test single stage rockets, albeit that one did carry live suborbital payloads.  Of the seven orbital attempts of the full rocket system (six of the upgraded version), four have been failures.  The first in February 2021 was attributed to a first stage steering fin being hit by falling insulation foam. The second failure in August 2021 involved a fairing seperation failure.  The third failure was caused leak in the attitude control system on the second stage. The cause of leak was found to be material which had blocked a fuel feed valve from sealing properly.  The cause of this latest failure will be investigated.


About Seradata

Seradata produces the renowned Seradata database. Trusted by over 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, Seradata is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to https://www.seradata.com/product/

Related Articles




nasaspacexecoreviewsissesaArianespacevideochinaFalcon 9v1.2FT Block 525virgin galacticULAfalcon 9RoscosmosevaspacewalkDGAaviation weekInternational Space StationaressoyuzIGTRocket LabBlue OriginBeidouawardsStarlinkspaceSatellite broadcastingAirbus DSrussiaboeingmoonOneWebCargo Return VehicleISROmarsblogresearchspaceshiptwojaxaorionmarsimpactdelayhyperbolaEutelsatdemocratrocketlunarhypertextobamagoogle lunar prizelaunchVegaSESthales alenia spacetourismbarack obamaconstellationfiguresnorthspaceflightIntelsatnode 2fundedRaymond Lygo2009Lockheed MartinExpress MD-2Elon MuskAtlas Vromess2dassault aviationaviationLucy2008wk2sstlukradiosuborbitaltestmissiledocking portexplorationAriane 5 ECAVirgin OrbitinternetLong March 2D/2sts-122ElectronSLSChina Manned Space EngineeringAriane 5Northrop Grummanmissile defensenewspapercotsgalileospace tourismflight2010Long March 4CspaceportExpress AMU 1buildspace stationaltairsoyuz 2-1aProton Minternational astronautical congressshuttlespace shuttlescaled compositesIntelsat 23European Space AgencyLauncherOneCosmosnew yorkrulesAriane 6hanleybudgetatvVietnamshenzhoucongressMojaveboldennew shepardLong March 2CInmarsatOrbital ATKcnesiaclunar landerGuiana Space CenterkscApollolawsUS Air ForceSpace Systems/LoralUK Space AgencyLong March 4BKuaizhou 1AILSdarpaprotonTalulah RileyElectron KSFalcon 9v1.2 Block 5Vega CNorth KoreaeuAstriumSkylonpicturebaseusaastronautdragonlanderfiveeventTelesatSSLAprilSNC50thinterviewLong MarchSea LaunchfalconWednesdaycustomerlinkatlantissuccessor

Stay Informed with Seradata

Stay informed on the latest news, insights, and more from Seradata by signing up for our newsletter.