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The Jielong-1 ( Chinese 捷 龙 一号 , English Smart Dragon 1 , "Kluger Drache 1"), SD-1 for short , is a Chinese launcher . It is used to launch small satellites and completed its maiden flight on August 17, 2019. The rocket is being built by Chinarocket (中国 长征 火箭 有限公司, Pinyin Zhōngguó Chángzhēng Huǒjiàn Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī ), a subsidiary of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology founded on October 19, 2016 .

Structure and technical data

The Jielong-1 is a four-stage rocket with solid propellant . It is 19.5 meters high, has a diameter of 1.2 meters and has a takeoff weight of around 23 tons. A special feature is the reverse arrangement of the fourth stage, the engine of which points in the direction of flight during take-off. The payload is accordingly between the third and fourth stage. After the third stage has been disconnected and before the last engine ignition, the fourth stage is rotated 180 degrees.

All Jielong-1 launches are carried out by a mobile device , which is particularly common with military missiles. This enables short-term use; the start preparations should only take one day.

The manufacturer specifies a payload capacity of 200 kg for sun-synchronous orbits at an altitude of 500 km. At an altitude of 700 km, a payload of up to 150 kg should be possible.

Start list

Status: July 20, 2019

Date ( UTC ) Launch site payload Remarks
August 17, 2019
4:11 AM
Jiuquan Qiansheng-1 01 ( Earth observation and communication satellite , 65 kg)
Tianqi-2 (Communication satellite)
Xingshidai-5 (Earth observation satellite, 10 kg)
2020 - four starts Jiuquan not yet announced planned

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Andrew Jones: Chinese state-owned firms preparing to launch new commercial rockets. In: Spacenews. February 26, 2019, accessed April 24, 2019 .
  2. Twitter message from Andrew Jones, March 1, 2019 (English).
  3. 中国 长征 火箭 有限公司 在 京 成立. In: sastind.gov.cn. October 21, 2016, accessed April 28, 2020 (Chinese).
  4. ^ A b c d Ivan Li: China successfully conducts first launch of Smart Dragon-1 small satellite launch vehicle. In: Nasaspaceflight.com. August 17, 2019, accessed August 18, 2019 .
  5. TV report on the first launch , CCTV, August 17, 2019, from minute 5:00 (YouTube video, Chinese).
  6. Andrew Jones: Chinese commercial rocket Smart Dragon-1 reaches orbit with first launch . Spacenews, August 19, 2019.