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Xingyun VDES

Kuaizhou 11

ExPace

Launch Status
Success

Mission


Xingyun VDES

  • Type: Communications
  • Orbit: Sun-Synchronous Orbit

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


Launch Area 95A

Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China

Launch Area 95A has witnessed the launch of 51 rockets, including 51 orbital launch attempts, while Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China, has been the site for 222 rocket launches.

Launch Area 95A

Rocket


ExPace Kuaizhou-11

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.

Kuaizhou-11

Agency


ExPace

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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