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China successfully conducts first launch of Smart Dragon-1 small satellite launch vehicle

17 August 2019

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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.

Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

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