China has launched a new commercial rocket

В Китае запустили новую коммерческую ракету

Startup booster Smart Dragon-1

Booster Dragon Smart-1 was developed in record time for China – less than 18 months.

In China at the launch site, the Jiuquan satellite launch center took place the first launch of the carrier rocket Dragon Smart-1 (SD-1), intended for commercial use. Put in orbit three satellites, Xinhua reported on Saturday, August 17.

The missile was developed by China Rocket Co. Ltd. at the Chinese research Institute of space technology. New Dragon series, unlike rockets family Long March, was created to meet the demand on the market for small commercial satellites.

Rocket SD-1 with a total length of 19.5 meters, diameter of 1.2 meters and a takeoff weight of about 23.1 tons is a small solid fuel rocket carrier capable of delivering 200 kg payloads to sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 500 km.

“The missile has a higher transfer efficiency among the existing commercial rockets solid fuel in China,” said technical project Manager SD-1 Gong Min.

To develop the SD-1 took less than 18 months. This is the shortest period for the development of a new type carrier rocket in China’s history.

We will remind, on July 25 in China first launched a private rocket into space. Compact booster Hyperbole-1 i-Space launched into orbit two satellites.

And on 27 July China launched the fifth group of satellites Yaogan-30 for sensing

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