Smart-Dragon-1 ballistic missile, China’s first rocket designed for commercial use, which has three satellites, lifts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province, China August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
BEIJING (Reuters) – China will launch the test flights for the next two space rockets, Smart Dragon series, designed for commercial use by 2020, and 2021, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday, as an expected boom in satellite deployment gathers pace.
With the release of the schedule, due to China’s Rocket Co., a unit of state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, comes two months after the company’s first re-usable rocket, the 23-year-tons of Smart is The 1, and delivered three satellites into orbit.
China provides for constellations of commercial satellites, with services ranging from high-speed internet service to aircraft, to monitor coal shipments. Reusable designs will provide you with frequent rocket launches, and will help to keep the costs down.
The solid rocket propulsion systems, Smart Dragon-2, with a weight of about 60 tons and an overall length of 21 meters, capable of sending a 500 kg payload into orbit at an altitude of 500 km (310 miles), Xinhua said. It is expected that the conduct of a flight test next year.
About 116 tons, with a length of 31 meters, and the Smart-Dragon-3 set up for a test flight in 2021, it will be capable of sending a 1.5 ton payload into orbit, Xinhua added.
In July, the Beijing-based iSpace, it was the first private Chinese company to get a satellite into orbit on a rocket. At the end of last year, and two of the other startups that have attempted to launch a satellite but failed.
Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by Richard Pullin