China’s Kuaizhou-1A rocket fails at launch

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China’s Kuaizhou-1A rocket yesterday failed during launch, though no details have been released.

Kuaizhou 1A and Kuauzhou 11 are rapid response rockets derived from intercontinental ballistic missiles that are capable of placing satellites into orbit on short notice. Launches are managed by ExPace, a commercial subsidiary of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation.

The Kuaizhou-1A is the smaller of the two rockets. This was its first failure after ten successful launches.


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  • V-Man

    That rocket can also probably place a killsat in orbit on short notice, too.

  • Edward

    Friday was a bad day for orbital launches. The article points out that this was the eighth launch failure worldwide, this year. What a bad year the launch industry is having. So far this year there have been around sixty successful launches (I’m not really counting), so we are seeing a failure rate of about 12%. Some of these failures were in test phases, so it really isn’t as bad as I have suggested, but at ten-ish percent it is well below good.

    Scott Manley has some comments on this launch after saying quite a bit on the Astra 3.1 flight, including some nice photographs taken before the shutdown. He also has a second source video of Astra 3.1 taken closer and showing more. (10 minutes)

  • LocalFluff

    Yeah, 4 Chinese launch failures this year. And it is especially noteworthy that an ICBM derived solid fuel rocket fails! In war, such a thing can change history.

  • wayne

    US Military tests LGM-30G Minuteman III w/ 3 un-armed re-entry vehicle’s
    August 2020

    “It is to be noted that the missile is tested 4-5 times a year and but the last time Minuteman III was tested with 3 reentry vehicle was on Apr. 25, 2018.”
    “Air Force and Navy personnel onboard an E-6B Mercury airborne command post aircraft initiated the missile launch.E-6B is an important component of this deterrent capability since it provides a backup option for launching the missiles remotely if other command and control nodes get taken out by a preemptive strike.”

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