China launched another orbital mission from its Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center using a Long March-2D (Chang Zheng-2D) launch vehicle. The launch took place at 23:40 UTC from Launch Pad 94 of the LC34 Launch Complex. The main payload for this launch was the mysterious Shiyan Weixing-6 satellite. Chinese press refers this satellite to be used for space environment detection and related technical tests.
At the time it is not known the identity of all the satellites launched on this mission and that were ride companions of the Jiading-1 satellite. Several co-passengers were launched on this mission.
They include Tianping-1A and B, both based on the Pina satellite platform, will be used as accuracy calibration of ground monitoring and control equipment.
Tianzhi-1 development was led by the Software of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Institute of Microsatellite Innovation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the 771 Institute of Aerospace 9th Institute, the Optoelectronics Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Xiguang Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences participated in the development. Launch mass was 27 kg.
The TP-1A satellite – classed as one of the co-passengers.
Jiading-1, or OKW-01, is China’s first privately designed LEO (low Earth ...