Kuaizhou-1A Rocket Launches Tianxing-1 Satellite

The Kuaizhou-1A rocket made a successful return to flight on Wednesday, launching the Tianxing-1 test satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

Chinese media said satellite’s purpose is to research the space environment. Officials released no other details about the spacecraft, which was built by the China Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Mechanics.

Kuaizhou-1A failed during its previous launch in December, destroying the GeeSAT-1A and 1B navigation augmentation system satellite. The solid-fuel rocket, which can launch 200 kg into a Sun-synchronous orbit, has a record of 13 successes and two failures.

Geespace Successfully Launches First Nine Satellites

Geely Future Mobility Constellation satellites (Credit: Geespace)
  • Inaugural launch for an expected 240 satellite constellation, with first phase of 72 satellites expected to be completed by 2025.
  • Geely Future Mobility Constellation to provide services for autonomous driving, logistics, drone navigation, mapping and other fields
  • Sustainably developed satellites leave no debris after designed operating lifespan
  • GeeSAT-1 is China’s first modular, high-resilience, high-performance, mass-produced satellite

XICHANG, China, June 2, 2022 (Geespace PR) — Geespace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely Technology Group* and China’s first privately owned developer, operator, and mass producer of low-orbit commercial satellites, has successfully launched its first nine satellites into low earth orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.