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Maiden Flight

Kinetica 1

CAS Space

Launch Status
Success

Location


Launch Area 130

Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China

Launch Area 130 has witnessed the launch of 3 rockets, including 3 orbital launch attempts, while Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China, has been the site for 221 rocket launches.

Launch Area 130

Rocket


CAS Space Kinetica 1

Kinetica 1 (also known as Lijian-1, Chinese: 力箭一号) is a Chinese solid-propellant light launch vehicle. It is capable of placing about 2 tons into low earth orbit and 1.5 tons into sun-synchronous orbit. It is developed by CAS Space, a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Kinetica 1 is a light launcher whose first stage seems to be derived from the DF-31 long-range intercontinental ballistic missile. It is 30 m high and has a diameter of 2.65 m, with a liftoff mass of 135 t. It’s the largest Chinese solid propellant launcher to date, with four stages with a thrust of 200, 100, 50 and 10 tons respectively. The fairing has a diameter of 3.35 meters.

Kinetica 1

Agency


CAS Space

CAS Space is a spin-off company from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) that is operating and plans to operate various launch vehicles of the Zhongke series.

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