Two Chinese launches in two hours: Kuaizhou-1A and Long March 2D

by | Sep 6, 2022 | China, Launches, Military space

China has reportedly conducted two launches within just two hours of each other during the morning of 6 September, from different launch sites. The first mission saw a Kuaizhou-1A light launch vehicle lift-off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at 0224 GMT and has been declared successful. The mission carried two GNSS navigation signal augmentation satellites, Centispace-1 S3 and S4, to low Earth orbit (LEO) for a private Chinese company, the Future Navigation Company.

The next launch was the lift-off of a Long March 2D (CZ-2D) rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre at 0419 GMT. This flight carried the fifth Yaogan 35 triplet batch (two optical military reconnaissance satellite and one radar reconnaissance satellite) to LEO but, at the time of writing, an official confirmation of success has yet to be announced.

 

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