China sets new launch (attempt) record

(27 Oct 2021) Rocket: Kuaizhou 1A; Payload: Jilin-1 Gaofen 02F; Date: 27 October 2021, 0619 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite was placed into a 532 km x 547 km x 97.54 degrees Sun-synchronous orbit.

It was the 12th flight mission of the Kuaizhou-1A series rockets. The launch also set a new record for Chinese orbital launch attempts in a single year at 40 missions, surpassing a mark set in 2018 and 2020. Thirty-nine of this year's attempts were successful.

Kuaizhou-1A is operated by Expace (aka China Space Sanjiang Group Corporation ), which belongs to the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC).

Jilin-1 Gaofen 02F will provide 0.75-meter resolution panchromatic imaging, 3-meter-resolution multispectral imaging and a swath width of 40 kilometers.

It joins a constellation of Earth observation satellites being constructed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd., (CGST), a commercial spinoff from the state-owned Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Chang Guang Satellite now has more than 30 satellites in orbit and is targeting 138 satellites by 2030.

Reference: Xinhua, Spaceflight Now

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