KZ-1A solid rocket from CASIC/EXPACE has flew its first commercial launch
Payloads carried : JL-1satellite and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1. The KZ-1A was developped from the Kuaizhou-1 rocket with improvements in adaptability. It is a low-cost solid-fuelled carrier rocket with high reliability and short preparation period and was designed to launch low-orbit satellites weighing under 300 kg.
The JL-1 is a multifunctional remote-sensing satellite providing sub-meter high-definition video images which is expected to be used for land resource and forestry surveying, environmental protection, transport and disaster prevention and relief purposes. Field of view: 11km by 4.5 km
The XY-S1 and Caton-1 are experimental satellites to test technologies of low-orbit narrow-band communication and VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) respectively.
It's rather credible, from a study/article whose authors are from the Beijing Institute of Astronautical Systems Engineering, and CALT, talking about future development plans.Just educated guesswork or something more?
What sort of payload would such a configuration offer without the boosters? Comparable to Falcon Heavy (55 ton to LEO)?