China Introduces Commercial Smallsat Launcher

china_flagChina introduced a new commercial rocket this week aimed at the small satellite market with the successful launch of three satellites.

The solid fuel Kuaizhou 1A rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Monday. It carried the JL-1 commercial Earth observation satellite and two experimental CubeSats named Canton-1 and XS-Y1, according to the official Xinhau news agency.

It was the third flight for the Kuaizhou booster, but the first commercial launch under Expace, which is a commercial subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation.

Kuaizhou 1A is capable of lifting up to 200 ( 441 lb) into sun synchronous orbit and 300 kg (661 lb) into low Earth orbit. Expace is targeting the booster at the booming small satellite market.

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  • MzUnGu

    Space debris delivery vehicle for KH-13?

  • From: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/11/china-launches-kuaizhou-2-second-launch-24-hours/

    “Developed by CASIC with the collaboration from the Harbin Institute of Technology on the basis of the DF-21 IRBM, the designation of this launcher is ‘Kuaizhou’ due to it meaning ‘Quick-vessel’ in English.

    Development started in 2009 as part of Program 863 for the development of high-profile defence programs including human space flight, ASAT weapons and missile defence.”

  • windbourne

    IOW, this is how you help China lower their costs to bomb the west.

  • Swords to ploughshares (and maybe back to swords again)!

  • ThomasLMatula

    Actually more a variation on this old quote.

    “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them” Vladimir Lenin

  • MzUnGu

    Every now n then, I so often wonder if that’s the reason we still have the Pegasus around. 😀 If I ran Space Command, I would not mind paying orbital off under the table to keep it handy.

  • John_The_Duke_Wayne

    How does it make sense to bomb your primary customer into oblivion?

    China may have one of the most ruthless profit driven corporate structures in the world, underneath that communism and all. The communist govt is run entirely on the money collected from those people. If the govt shuts off all business to the West by declaring war how long do you think it would take for the businessmen to decide a leadership change is in order? Or until the war spending collapses the economy to the point where they can’t fight a war?

  • ThomasLMatula

    That didn’t stop Argentina from invading the Falkland Islands, or Germany starting two World Wars. Or even the U.S. declaring independence from England. The idea trade prevents wars is appealing but history doesn’t really support it.

  • windbourne

    Depends on what your focus is on.
    Are you a totalitarian gov that will do whatever it takes to maintain control and grow it over others,
    OR,
    Are you a democracy/republic that must answer to your citizens?

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    “a democracy/republic that must answer to your citizens?”
    Where is this place?

  • Kapitalist

    International trade was at a rock bottom in the 1930s, it hadn’t recovered after the depression. Soviet and nationalist governments prioritized autarchy, and Germany’s war was completely motivated by taking “Lebensraum”, putting natural resources within their domestic borders. So it is more than a hypothesis, it was the actually practiced policy to start war because of lack of trade.

    Argentina invaded the Falklands because they guessed that the UK would not respond. After all, they just had a women as prime minister, the generals figured…

  • Kapitalist

    Socialists mostly just hang each other. That too they have in common with the islamists.

  • John_The_Duke_Wayne

    “That didn’t stop Argentina from invading the Falkland Islands,”

    And how did that work out for them?

    “Germany starting two World Wars”

    Germany didn’t start the Great War, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after the assassination of the archduke (the US has gone to war over less), followed by Russia declaring war on Austria-Hungary and then the rest of the European powers joined in because of their treaties to fight if war broke out. Germany shouldered the blame because they were the only ones who could afford to continue fighting

    Germany wasn’t dependent on trade before the Second World War, in fact germany’s economy was growing from internal expansion not international. And it was started by a genocidal mad man, so can we really suggest that his motives were focused on economic growth or can we actually say he was a lunatic bent on world domination and extermination of lesser people

    “Or even the U.S. declaring independence from England. ”

    Actually the US declared independence because of harsh trade restrictions and their wealthy citizens not being able to exploit the economic opportunities available to them to make more money not because of a booming sucessful trading empire.

    “The idea trade prevents wars is appealing but history doesn’t really support it.”

    History is quite clear about this, leaders who ignore the economic difficulties of war will find their country in a steep decline and more often than not will find themselves getting the boot.

    Let’s use the Great War because it’s the perfect example. Russia had a strong enough economy and a large army, they mobilized against Austria-Hungary and after a few years of conflict their economy was tanking and the communists revolution gave the czar the boot. Economic implications of a large scale and prolonged conflict quickly took their toll

  • John_The_Duke_Wayne

    How about neither? China’s culture, below the international politics, is very family and community oriented giving them stronger ties with each other than their govt. So their form of govt is often not the strongest representation of their people.

    China is an interesting political situation, currently and historically. China is traditional very internally divided by geography, which has been at the root of much of the long history of political upheaval. But as long as the different regions are feeling prosperous they are happy with each other and quite cooperative. But that can, and has changed quickly

    Chinese culture, on a family and individual level, is actually more capitalistic in nature. They will haggle to no end just for sport and their focus is always economic gain through any means necessary

  • windbourne

    People vs gov.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Do not tell lies. Germany did not launch WWI !!

  • windbourne

    I agree that Chinese culture is very strong on family and free enterprise. But the Chinese gov is not based on either family or free enterprise. It is a totalitarian gov.

  • John_The_Duke_Wayne

    Are totalitarian govts infallible? Or can a disgruntled population swept up by a feeling of betrayal over an unnecessary and harmful conflict overthrow them?

    Not saying the West would survive to see that happen but any govt official with some form of logical thinking would have to consider those consequences. And launching nukes against your customer would make some very very wealthy important people very very angry and those people have the ear of the communist govt in china and the influence of large elements of the population

  • windbourne

    You WAY overestimate just money esp in totalitarian gov. For them, power is what is important, which in China is belonging to the Communist party.

  • John_The_Duke_Wayne

    That’s fine with me, I’m not Chinese and I can live with that. But I think you’re overestimating the strength of the current totalitarian Chinese govt and vastly underestimating the power of th yuan in the corporate world and especially the influence it has on the govt officials and the incredible rate at which local Chinese politics can grow to overwhelming proportions

  • windbourne

    uh no.
    The islamists such as AQ, taliban, and even ISIS are far far right wingers.

  • Kapitalist

    In the link below is a flavor, a travesty, of how other Europeans view Germans.

    It is the comic scenes of a 25 years old movie by the great Danish director von Trier, stitched together with no regard to the real plot of the movie. So don’t look out the window.

    Just after the second world war, in the totally destroyed Europe, the American nephew of a train’s sleeping wagon conductor arrives to aspire to become an apprentice under the protection of his dear German uncle. But the certification test is hard. Especially considering circumstances not included in this clip. And as always in Germany, the focus is on the important details! Like the chalk mark.
    http://www.filedropper.com/vontriereuropa1991_1

    For those who do not understand any German, what is said in German is pretty much what you can imagine that is being said.

  • redneck

    No Germany did not launch WW1. It did however commit its’ full fair share of diplomatic blunders that resulted in the war widening to encompass most of Europe. A less belligerent attitude on the part any of the major European powers could have tamped down the flames. But saying that Germany could have caused the war to be restricted to the Balkan regeon by leaning on its’ ally Austria-Hungary and exercising better diplomacy with Russia and France is not the same as them launching the war