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Kaituozhe-2 (KT-2)

Kaituozhe-2 (Tiankun 1) [CASIC]

Kaituozhe-2A ?

The Kaituozhe-2 (KT-2) (KT-2) is a solid-fueled launch vehicle based on the DF-31 missile.

KT-2 was developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASIC). Two versions were proposed.

The Kaituozhe-2 features a DF-31 based stage 1, topped by a smaller diameter stage 2 and 3. It has reportedly a payload of 800 kg to low earth orbit.

The Kaituozhe-2A features a DF-31 based stage 1, augmented by two DF-21 based strap-on boosters. It features a stage 2 with the same diameter as the stage 1 and the same smaller diameter stage 3 as the Kaituozhe-2. It has reportedly a payload of 2000 kg to low earth orbit.

Originally it had been thhought, that the development of this rocket was stopped along with the Kaituozhe-1 (KT-1), but later there were indiaction of a continued development.

These versions descriptions might be outdated.

The maiden flight of a Kaituozhe-2 took place in March 2017 from Jiuquan. A flight of a Kaituozhe-2A is also planned for later in 2017.

Version Booster Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Kaituozhe-2 - solid solid solid
Kaituozhe-2A 2 × solid solid solid solid
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Kaituozhe-2 350 250 - - - -
Kaituozhe-2A 2000 ? - - - -
No:   Type:             Date             LS               Payload

 1    Kaituozhe-2       02.03.2017       Jq LP-43/95B     Tiankun 1


Launch sites:

Jq  = Jiuquan Space Center, Inner Mongolia, China China

F       Failure
P       Partial Failure

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