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Maiden Flight

Smart Dragon 3

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Maiden Flight

Type: Test Flight

First flight of the new solid fuel powered rocket developed by CAST.

Payload consists of 14 satellites:

* Jilin-1 HR-03D 44-50
* Jilin-1 PT-01A 01
* Tianqi-7
* HEAD-2H
* CAS-5A
* Golden Bauhinia 1-05 & 06
* Huoju-1

Location

Mobile launch platform

Sea Launch

43 rockets have launched from Sea Launch.

Mobile launch platform, Sea Launch

Rocket

Smart Dragon 3 – China Rocket Co. Ltd.

  • Family: Smart Dragon
  • Length: 32 m
  • Diameter: 2.64 m
  • Launch Mass: 140 T

The Smart Dragon 3 was manufactured by China Rocket Co. Ltd. with the first launch on . Smart Dragon 3 has 1 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 1 launches. Smart Dragon-3 is a solid fuel orbital rocket designed by a subsidiary of the state-owned CASC group built for the commercial market.

Agency

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation – CASC

  • Type: Government
  • Abbreviation: CASC
  • Administration: Chairman & President: Lei Fanpei
  • Founded: 1999
  • Launchers: Long March
  • Country: CHN

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

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