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Chinese missile Kuaizhou-1A launches two more satellites in orbit



China has successfully launched two more satellites into orbit on Sunday (November 17), just days after an epic launch with twin rockets from various launch sites ExPace (a China Aerospace Science company and Industry Corporation) launched the multimedia satellites KL-aA and KL-aB – collectively known as KL-Alpha – at 5:00 am EST (1000 GMT or 6:00 pm local time in Beijing). The satellites, commissioned by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, flew clean into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China.

China's State News Provider Xinhua did not provide immediate information about satellite performance during initial commissioning tests, which may take several weeks or months depending on the mission. According to Xinhua, the two satellites will carry out tests of high-speed Ka-band communication technology in an international collaboration for a German company without stating the name of the company.

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China's Kuaizhou-1A rocket takes off on November 17, 2019 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China. [Picture credits: CCTV]

The Kuaizhou 1A rocket is a booster designed to be prepared for launch opportunities quickly. It was designed primarily for small satellites that fly into Earth orbit, Xinhua said. Between the new Kuaizhou 1A booster and China's famous Long March rocket, the country has launched several missions in the past two months – including a double-header start just three hours off last week. Wednesday, November 13 A Long March 6 rocket fired five remote sensing satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi province, China. Three hours earlier, Tuesday night local time, a Kuaizhou 1A rocket launched a small Jilin-1 Gaofen 02A satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert.

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