17 August 2019
China's new carrier rocket Smart Dragon 1 (SD-1), designed for commercial use, made its maiden flight on 17 August, sending three satellites into planned orbit.
The rocket, developed by the China Rocket Co. Ltd. affiliated to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT), blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:11 h (Beijing Time). The three satellites, respectively developed by three Beijing-based companies, will be used for remote sensing services, communication and Internet of Things.
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with photos and launch video