Tiankun-1 Satellite is made by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). It’s a Chinese satellites. It was launched with carrying Kaituozhe-2 (KT-2).
Shortly after sunrise at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) in China, China National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully launched its first Kaituozhe-2 rocket.
Kaituozhe-2 (KT-2) is a robust launch vehicle based on the DF-31 missile.
It also has a successor that is named Tiankun-2 satellite that will be launched soon and would carry most of the features of the Tiankun-1 Satellite.
(More on China’s Tiankun-2 Satellite here)
What Is The Kaituozhe-2 Rocket?
KT-2 was developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASIC). Two versions were proposed.
Kaituozhe-2 includes DF-31-based phase 1, which is high with a small stage 2 and 3 wide. It is reported to have a payload capacity of 800 kg to the ground orbit.
The first Kaituozhe-2 flight took place in March 2017 from Jiuquan. The flight took place at 7:53 a.m. China General Time March 3 (8:53 p.m. EST March 2 / 01:53 GMT March 3), 2017, and was the third full launch of the country that year. The rocket seemed to have succeeded in using the Tiankun-1 satellite in the elliptical, Sun-synchronous orbit.
Kaituozhe-2A features a first DF-31 based component, supplemented by two DF-21-based booster-based boosters.It has a 2nd stage with the same width as stage 1 and a 3rd stage with the same width as Kaituozhe-2. It reportedly has a payload capacity of 2000 kg to low earth orbit.
It was initially thought that development of the rocket was halted along with Kaituozhe-1 (KT-1), but later there were indications of further progress.
Pre-launch information led viewers to report that the launch car will be a powerful Kaituozhe-2A (KT-2A) rocket. However, this appeared to be completely wrong as post-launch reports now indicate that the car was an inefficient rocket Kaituozhe-2 (KT-2).
Although it looks similar to KT-2A, it also forms the Chinese Dong Feng 31 (DF-31) intercontinental ballistic missile; the smaller KT-2 is not fitted with its stable partner pair of solid rockets.
A short announcement, following the launch of Xinhua,China’s official news center reported that the rocket had brought the Tiankun-1 (TK-1) test satellite to its intended destination.
Role Of Tiankun-1 Satellite
Tiankun-1 Satellite will perform remote sensing functions and monitor small satellite functions. The spacecraft is the first to be developed by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), and is an extension of the company’s commercial space programs.
After this successful launch, CNSA plans to send two satellite communications into space in Long March 2D.This program is scheduled to end in March.
Tiankun 1,is a small rotating satellite dedicated to exploring distant sensors and communication technologies.
“In its five years of operation in orbit, it has acquired and transmitted 80 gigabytes of remote sensing data back to Earth and conducted nearly 7,300 cooperation experiments on Earth control”,said an official
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