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Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A)

Kuaizhou-1A (Xingyun-2) [EXPACE]

The Kuaizhou-1 launcher, developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASIC), is a small, solid fueled launch vehicle, which is possibly based on the road mobile DF-21 IRBM with two additional upper stages.

The Kuaizhou-1 vehicle consits of three solid fueled stages and a fourth liquid fueled stage.

The vehicle is reportedly designed for quick-reaction launches and can reportedly place 400 kg into orbit. The payload of Kuaizhou-1 is integrated with the upper stage.

A commercial variant is offered under the designation Fei Tian 1 (FT-1). This one offers a separable payload and a larger payload fairing. Another version, Kuaizhou-1A appears to be similar, also offering separable payloads. Possibly, these names refer both to the same version.

→ complete list of all Kuaizhou-1 flights

Version Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) ? ? ? ?
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Kuaizhou-1A 400 - - - -
No:   TNr:  Type:             Serial    Date           LS              Payload

 4     1    Kuaizhou-1A       Y1        09.01.2017     Jq LP-43/95B    Jilin-1 Shipin-03 / Xingyun S1 / Kaidun 1
 5     2    Kuaizhou-1A       Y8        29.09.2018     Jq LP-43/95B    CentiSpace-1 S1
 6     3    Kuaizhou-1A       Y10       30.08.2019     Jq LP-43/95B    Taizhi 1 (KX 09) / TY 1-07 (Xiaoxiang 1-07)
 7     4    Kuaizhou-1A       Y11       13.11.2019     Jq LP-43/95B    Jilin-1 Gaofen-02A
 8     5    Kuaizhou-1A       Y7        17.11.2019     Jq LP-43/95B    KL-Alpha A / KL-Alpha B
 9     6    Kuaizhou-1A       Y2        07.12.2019     TY              Jilin-1 Gaofen-02B
10     7    Kuaizhou-1A       Y12       07.12.2019     TY LC-16        HEAD 2A / HEAD 2B / TY 16 / TY 17 / Tianqi 4A / Tianqi 4B
11     8    Kuaizhou-1A       Y9        16.01.2020     Jq LP-43/95B    Yinhe 1
12     9    Kuaizhou-1A       Y6        12.05.2020     Jq LP-43/95B    Xingyun-2 01 / Xingyun-2 02
13    10    Kuaizhou-1A       Y3        12.09.2020  F  Jq LP-43/95B    Jilin-1 Gaofen-02C
14    11    Kuaizhou-1A       Y4        27.09.2021     Jq LP-43/95B    Jilin-1 Gaofen-02D
15    12    Kuaizhou-1A       Y5        27.10.2021     Jq LP-43/95B    Jilin-1 Gaofen-02F
16    13    Kuaizhou-1A       Y13       24.11.2021     Jq LP-43/95B    SY 11
17    14    Kuaizhou-1A       Y16       15.12.2021  F  Jq LP-43/95B    GeeSAT 1A / GeeSAT 1B


xx    xx    Kuaizhou-1A       Y17       xx.xx.2022     Jq LP-43/95B    HEAD 2C / HEAD 2D


13: Stage 4 failure
17: ?

Launch sites:

Jq  = Jiuquan Space Center, Inner Mongolia, China China
TY  = Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC), Wuzhai, Shanxi, China China

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