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Zhongke-1A

Zhongke-1A (Chinese: 中科一号甲) is a Chinese solid-propellant light launch vehicle. It is capable of placing about 2 tons into low earth orbit and 1.5 tons into sun-synchronous orbit. It is developed by CAS Space, a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Zhongke-1A is a light launcher whose first stage seems to be derived from the DF-31 long-range intercontinental ballistic missile. It is 30 m high and has a diameter of 2.65 m, with a liftoff mass of 135 t. It's the largest Chinese solid propellant launcher to date, with four stages with a thrust of 200, 100, 50 and 10 tons respectively. The fairing has a diameter of 3.35 meters.

Manufacturer CAS Space
Thrust 1961kN
Length 30m
Diameter 2.65m
LEO Capacity 2000kg
GTO Capacity Unknown
Launch Cost Unknown
CAS Space

CAS Space is a spin-off company from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) that is operating and plans to operate various launch vehicles of the Zhongke series.

Type Government
Administrator
Launch Vehicles None
Spacecraft None
Unknown Pad
Unknown Pad
Location Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Total Launches 30
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