China’s GalaxySpace Launches Broadband Satellite into Orbit

Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket fired into space
Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket fired into space (Source: Liu Wei)

At 11:02 on Thursday, the Kuaizhou-1A Carrier Rocket named “Kuaizhou • Fuqiangfu” (rich, strong and blessed in Chinese) was launched at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located in the Gobi Desert, Inner Mongolia. The rocket carried the Yinhe-1 communication satellite into its predetermined orbit.

At 12:36, the satellite transmitted data from its first orbit, its solar arrays were spread and the launch mission achieved a complete success. This is the first launch of a Kuaizhou rocket in 2020.

Kuaizhou-1A Carrier Rocket named “Kuaizhou • Fuqiangfu” (Source: Liu Wei)

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The satellite is a low-orbit broadband communication satellite that is independently developed by GalaxySpace (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd., and up to international advanced standards. It has an outstanding communication capability of 10 Gbps, and can provide users with broadband communication services through satellite terminals. Now that the satellite is in orbit, relevant technology and operational verifications will be carried out accordingly.

The launch coincides with the coming of the Chinese Spring Festival. The facade of the rocket was painted with the Chinese character fu, which means good blessings in Chinese. “China Aerospace Foundation” was written on the upper part of the craft. This symbolizes elevating China’s aerospace power and realizing the Chinese dream. It represents the best wishes for Chinese people and country from Chinese aerospace researchers and working staff on this occasion of the Chinese New Year.