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China successfully conducts first launch of Smart Dragon-1 small satellite launch vehicle
17 August 2019
For the fourth time in less than 10 months – and the second one to claim a successful flight – China has debuted a new small satellite launch vehicle based on solid rocket motors with a payload of less than one tonne to Low Earth Orbit. The Smart Dragon-1 (SD-1) rocket, also known by its Chinese name Jielong-1, lifted off from the mobile launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China today at 04:11 UTC. Chinese media has later declared the launch a success.
The Smart Dragon-1 (Jielong-1) is a small solid-fueled quick-reaction launch vehicle developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), complementing with the larger Long March 11 that has flown seven successful flights since September 2015.
Image credit: NASASpaceFlight.com - The Smart Dragon-1 (SD-1) rocket, lifted off from the mobile launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China