China's Space Program News Thread

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    A model of KZ-11 on display at MAKS Airshow... The spec sheet is in the photo.

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    Another Kuaizhou (KZ) rocket launch...

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    Little bit more info about the launch of Kuaizhou -1A launch. China has a robust micro satellite industry and all the necessary launcher that can be launched in moment notice. As well as other
    infrastructure. An important asset in time of emergency

    Kuaizhou-1A lofts two satellites for China
    written by Rui C. Barbosa August 30, 2019
    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/08/kuaizhou-1a-two-satellites-china/
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    The Chinese launched two new small satellites from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in a mission managed by the Expace company. The launch took place at 23:41UTC on Friday, using the Kuaizhou-1A (Y10) rocket.

    Onboard the solid fuelled launch vehicle was the KX-09 and the Xiaoxiang 1-07 satellites.

    Developed by the DFH Satellite Co., the microgravity experimental satellite KX-09 (supposedly Kuxue-09) will conduct studies in microgravity. Established in August 2001, DFH Satellite Co., Ltd. is mainly engaged in system R&D, design, integration and in-orbit service of small satellites. It is subordinated to China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and wholly owned by the listed company China Spacesat Co., Ltd.

    In October 2001, the State Council approved the National Development and Reform Committee’s proposition of building the National Engineering Research Center of Small Satellites and Applications, one of the world’s largest research centers of the kind, with DFH Satellite Co. as its legal entity.

    About one-third of the currently in-orbit Chinese satellites were produced by DFH Satellite Co. Based on independently developed platforms CAST968, CAST2000, CAST100 and CAST100+ applicable to satellites from 10kg to 1,000 kg in mass, the company launched more than 60 satellites, among which 37 satellites launched during the past 5 years and 52 satellites still in orbit, used in the fields of ocean observation environment and disaster monitoring, remote sensing for earth observation, stereo surveying and mapping, scientific and technological experiment.


    Those projects marked breakthroughs in the key technologies of formation flight agility, integrated electronics, automated testing, digital general assembly, etc.

    Xiaoxiang 1-07 (TY 1-07) is a small satellite developed by SpaceTY, possibly a CubeSat-2U. As one of the first commercial aerospace companies in China, “Spacety” specializes in developing commercial micro/nanosatellites. The company aims to provide short-cycle, low-cost and one-stop services to scientists, research institutes, and commercial companies, for science experiments and technology demonstrations.

    The launch was originally scheduled to take place on November 25, 2018, but in the middle of the month was delayed by one month or the first quarter of 2019. The following months come without any notice about the mission, but at the beginning of August 2019, a notice came announcing the launch for August 29.

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    The Kuaizhou-1A launch vehicle.

    After this mission, CASIC announced that they will launch 8 or 9 more Kuaizhou-1A commercial launches before the end of 2019.

    The launch is managed by Expace.

    Expace Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp, it is specialized in R&D, manufacturing and marketing of the Kuaizhou series launch vehicle to provide cost-effective, reliable and accurate commercial launch service for customers all over the world.

    First stage ignition and lift-off take place at T+0s. Maneuvering to the planned flight azimuth, the vehicle achieves Max-Q at T+44s and first stage separation takes place 1 minute and 20 seconds into the flight, followed by second stage ignition.

    At 2 minutes and 42 seconds in flight, the second stage separates, followed by the two halves of the fairing, exposing its double cargo.

    Here is the video
     
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    From Henri K
    Successful launch of the KZ-1A (Y10) rocket this morning at 07:41 Pekin time. The low-gravity research satellite KX-09 from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the CubSat 6U Xiaoxiang-1-07 to experiment with the new solar panels, were put into an orbit 600km SSO.

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    https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/change4-moon-mystery-substance/

    Yutu-2 finds the secret of the ooze on the moon! Hopefully this will turn out to be a feather in the cap for this mission.

    China’s Chang’e 4 mission is currently exploring one of the lesser-known areas of the moon — the far side, which faces away from Earth. Previously it found minerals which may have come from deep beneath the lunar surface, and now it has found something even stranger: An oddly-colored “gel-like” substance of unknown origin.

    The mission consists of not only the Chang’e 4 lander, but also a smaller rover called Yutu-2. It was Yutu-2 which stumbled across the unexpected blobby mystery, as reported by space.com. The discovery occurred on lunar day 8, or July 25 here on Earth, and it was so intriguing to the mission scientists that they chose to suspend other exploration plans to learn more about the unknown substance. The information about the finding comes originally from a Chinese language publication called Our Space.

    The substance was found in a lunar crater, and it stood out from the rest of the moon’s surface due to its color and texture. The Chinese scientists haven’t released any more information about what exactly the substance looks like, describing it only as gel-like and of an unusual color. It could be that the substance is melted glass which was deposited onto the moon’s surface by a meteorite.

    The Chang’e 4 lander recently awoke from a snooze to resume its investigations of the moon for its ninth lunar day. A lunar day is equivalent to 14 days on Earth, the same as a lunar night. The rover powers down and “sleeps” through the cold lunar night, to be reactivated during the lunar day as it was last week.

    Its next task will be conducting scientific tests with its neutron radiation detector and low-frequency radio detector, together with its infrared imaging spectrometer and other instruments, which will focus on observing the composition of the moon’s surface.

    The mission isn’t only making use of Chinese technology, however. It also represents an international collaboration. “The Chang’e-4 mission embodies China’s hope to combine human wisdom in space exploration with four payloads developed by the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia,” according to China’s state news agency Xinhuanet.
     
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    Thank you for this very informative post Hendrik_2000

    Very interesting. Rapid mobile launch of satellites. Key to maintaining a communication network.
     
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    https://spacenews.com/chinese-space-station-core-module-passes-review-but-faces-delays/
     
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    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/09/china-returns-long-march-4-ziyuan-2d/
     
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    https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/09/article/pocket-sized-chinese-thruster-has-big-future/
     
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    Some high-resolution images from the 2019 Beijing Aerospace Expo.

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