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Kuaizhou is a Chinese quick-reaction orbital launch vehicle, believed to consist of three solid-fueled rocket stages, with a liquid-fueled fourth stage as part of the satellite system.[1] Kuaizhou translates to "speedy vessel".[1]

It performed its maiden flight on 25 September 2013, launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. [2]

Kuaizhou 2 launched at 0637 GMT on 21 November 2014, again from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.[1]

The solid-fuel rocket will be able to place a 1-metric-ton payload into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 700 kilometers. Prelaunch preparations will take very little time, and the launch can be conducted on rough terrain

The rocket's low requirement for launch conditions will help save a lot of money, with the ability to keep the launch cost under $10,000 per kilogram of payload, which means it will be very competitive in the international market

A satellite would be installed on a Kuaizhou rocket and stored in a maintenance facility. Once needed, it can be deployed by a transporter-erector-launcher vehicle to a secure location and can be launched with a preparation time as short as several hours. [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Stephen Clark (21 November 2014). "China launches for the second time in 24 hours". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 22 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Kuaizhou – China secretly launches new quick response rocket
  3. New rocket readies for liftoff in 2016