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Xingyun VDES

Kuaizhou 11

ExPace

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Xingyun VDES

Type: Communications

Test satellite for CASIC’s own Xingyun Low Earth Orbit communication satellite constellation, with a VHF Data Exchange System payload for maritime traffic operation uses.

Location

Unknown Pad

Jiuquan, People’s Republic of China

183 rockets have launched from Jiuquan, People’s Republic of China.

Unknown Pad, Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Kuaizhou-11 – ExPace

  • Family: Kuaizhou
  • Diameter: 2.2 m
  • Launch Mass: 78 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 1000 kg

The Kuaizhou-11 was manufactured by ExPace with the first launch on 2020-07-10. Kuaizhou-11 has 1 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 2 launches. The Kuaizhou-11 (KZ-11), is a planned Chinese commercial launch vehicle.

Reportedly, the payload is about 1000 kg for low earth orbit and 700 kg for a sun-synchronous orbit.

The three stage rocket is possibly based on the DF-31 missile. It consists of three solid-fueled stages. The principal diameter is 2.2 m and the launch weight is 78 tons. the first stage features four grid rudders. The vehicle is launched from a launch truck.

Agency

ExPace – EP

  • Type: Commercial
  • Abbreviation: EP
  • Administration: CEO: Zhang Di
  • Founded: 2016
  • Country: CHN

ExPace is a Chinese space rocket company based in Wuhan, Hubei, China. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of missileer China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), a Chinese state-owned company, and serves as its commercial rocket division. ExPace is focused on small satellite launchers to low Earth orbit.

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