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CX 1


CX-1 (Chuangxin 1, Innovation 1) is a mini "store and forward" communications satellite developed by CAS (China Academy of Science), Shanghai Academy of Space Technology and Shanghai Telecomm.

Starting in April 1999 with the support of the national Knowledge innovation program (KIP) spearheaded by CAS, the project has been carried out jointly by researchers from the CAS Institute of Microsystems and information technology, and the CAS Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics. Although the manufacturing of the satellite had been completed in 2002, it was not launched until 21 October 2003. CX 1 was launched piggy-back on a CZ-4B launch vehicle with CBERS 2 from the Tai Yuan space center.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: CAS
Contractors: CAS
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 88 kg
Orbit: 686 km × 759 km, 98.5
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
CX 1-01 2003-049B 21.10.2003 TY LC-7 CZ-4B with CBERS 2
CX 1-02 2008-056B 05.11.2008 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2) with Shiyan 3
CX 1-03 2011-068A 20.11.2011 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2) with Shiyan 4
CX 1-04 2014-051B 04.09.2014 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2) with Ling Qiao

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