China is proceeding with its quest to carry out more than 50 orbital liftoffs this year, with a pair of missions launching within just over 24 hours.

Commercial launch service provider Space initiated a Kuaizhou-1A rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert in northwest China utilizing a transport erector launcher at 10:08 p.m. EDT on June 21.

The light-lift solid rocket dispatched the Tianxing 1 satellite into a near-polar orbit, but with a somewhat low perigee and apogee of 173 miles and 181 miles, respectively.

Little is understood about Tianxing 1 and whether or not it can substantially put forward its orbit. “The satellite was developed by the Institute of Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences “(CAS), according to SpaceNews(opens in new tab), and was interpreted vaguely by Chinese media as to be utilized for “space environment detection.”

The launch was the first flight of the Kuaizhou-1A since its downfall in December 2021. Espace is a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), a state-owned defense goliath with its commercial space agendas.

Outside of China, it is speculated that Yaogan satellites are for military objectives, similar to how Russia and the U.S. use “Kosmos” and “USA” designations, respectively, for military satellites.

The liftoffs were China’s 21st and 22nd of the year. CASC independently plans more than 50 missions across 2022, including six missions to complete the country’s Tiangong space station.

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