10 satel­lites planned for Hainan project

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

China Aerospace Sci­ence and In­dus­try Corp, the na­tion’s largest mis­sile maker, will use its Kuaizhou solid-pro­pel­lant rock­ets to launch Hainan prov­ince’s first satel­lites in 2019, ac­cord­ing to project man­agers. Zhang Di, chair­man of Ex­pace Tech­nol­ogy, a CASIC sub­sidiary that pro­vides com­mer­cial launch ser­vices, said his com­pany will launch sev­eral Kuaizhou 1A and Kuaizhou 11 car­rier rock­ets over three years start­ing in 2019. They will lift 10 satel­lites for the Hainan Earth-Ob­ser­va­tion Satel­lite Con­stel­la­tion, the first space­craft de­vel­oped in the south­ern­most is­land prov­ince. Ac­cord­ing to Zhang, in 2019, Kuaizhou rock­ets will lift three Hainan 1 op­ti­cal satel­lites. The next year, three Hainan 1 satel­lites and two Sanya 1 mul­ti­spec­tral re­mote-sens­ing satel­lites will be launched. In 2021, two San­sha 1 syn­thetic aper­ture radar satel­lites are ex­pected to be sent into space.

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