On Wednesday, China launched a new satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu Province's northwestern corner.
According to media reports, the Jilin-1 Gaofen 02F satellite was launched by a Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) carrier rocket at 2:19 p.m. (Beijing Time) and entered the planned orbit. It's an optical remote sensing satellite capable of high-resolution images and data transmission at high speeds.
Kuaizhou-1A, which means "fast ship" in Chinese, is a low-cost small solid-fuel carrier rocket with a quick preparation time. The rocket, developed by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, is intended to launch low-orbit satellites.
As per CASIC, the 20-meter tall Kuaizhou 1A has a liftoff weight of about 30 metric tons. It is capable of taking 200 kilograms of payload into a sun-synchronous orbit, or 300 kg of payload into a low-Earth orbit. Developed by Changguang Satellite Technology in Northeast China's Jilin territory, the Jilin-1 Gaofen-02F is a high-resolution optical remote-sensing satellite. Since its maiden flight in January 2017, the rocket has lifted 21 satellites into space.