China’s Kuaizhou-1A Launch Vehicle Fails To Reach Orbit

A Kuaizhou-1A launch in 2020 from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China's northwest Gansu province.
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SINGAPORE—China’s last planned rocket launch of 2021 ended on a negative note as the Kuaizhou-1A rocket failed to reach its intended orbit after blasting off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 15. Two commercial positioning and communication satellites onboard—GeeSAT-1A and 1B—were lost...

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