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Big new Chinese rocket lofts 6 experimental satellites on debut launch


Big new Chinese rocket lofts 6 experimental satellites on debut launch China now has a new launch service provider and a big, new flight-proven rocket. The four-stage Lijian 1 rocket, also referred to as ZK-1A, lifted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 12:12 a.m. EDT (0412 GMT; 12:12 p.m. local time) on July 27, carrying six satellites into orbit on its debut flight. The 100-foot-tall (30 meters) rocket — China's largest solid-fueled launch vehicle — was developed by CAS Space, a spinoff from the state-owned Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).   More



(Source: Space.com - Aug 11)

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