Commercial aerospace firm sends 5 satellites into orbit
Published: Jan 23, 2024 03:37 PM
Lijian-1 carrier rocket developed by Chinese praivate aerospace company CAS Space

Lijian-1 carrier rocket developed by Chinese praivate aerospace company CAS Space

The Lijian-1 carrier rocket, developed by Chinese commercial aerospace company CAS Space, sent five satellites into planned orbit, the company told the Global Times on Tuesday, consolidating China's launching capacity of low- and middle-orbit satellites.

The five satellites carried by the Lijian-1 were developed by Beijing Minospace Technology Co.

The Taijing-4 03 satellite, one of the five, is equipped with synthetic aperture radar and artificial intelligence processors, which can realize rapid detection and identification of targets at sea and airports via real-time image transmission. 

The satellite can be used in disaster and environment monitoring, natural resource exploration, agricultural yield projection and land and sea mapping. 

Lijian-1 is a competitive solid-fuel carrier rocket that can meet the demand of the low- and middle-orbit launch market. It can carry a maximum of 1.5 tons of objects to the sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 500 kilometers from the Earth. 

To date, CAS Space has completed three launch missions via the Lijian-1 carrier rocket sending a total of 37 satellites into orbit, according to the company. 

Chinese commercial space company LandSpace on Friday completed its first vertical takeoff, landing test for reusable rocket, which proved the matching performance of the rocket's control system and throttle engine as well as the guidance algorithm in preparing for the maiden flight of its self-developed ZQ-3 reusable rocket in 2025. 

Data from Chinese market analysis firm iiMedia Research Institute showed that China's commercial aerospace market value exceeded 1 trillion yuan in 2020, and it is expected to reach 2.3 trillion yuan in 2024.