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China’s “Lijian-1” carrier rocket is a new-type solid-propellant launch vehicle used to send six scientific experiment satellites into orbit July 27th.

The rocket has played a role in enriching China’s solid-propellant carrier rocket family with various technological innovations.

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The Lijian-1 launch vehicle was launched for the first time from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu Province, northwest China. Also known as ZK-1A, this four-stage solid-propellant launch vehicle was jointly developed by the Institute of Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and CAS Space (Beijing Zhongke Aerospace Exploration Technology Co., Ltd.).

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Hydrogen-oxygen engine

Meanwhile, the high-thrust hydrogen-oxygen engine of China’s Long March-5 Y6 carrier rocket passed its calibration test on Tuesday.

This calibration experiment is a kind of short-range ground test under rated conditions of an engine ready for delivery to the final rocket assembly with the purposes to check and adjust performance parameters.

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Only after passing the calibration test can an engine be officially installed on the rocket.



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