ExPace

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ExPace (ExPace Technology Corporation)[1] also called CASIC Rocket Technology Company,[2] is a Chinese space rocket company based in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Its corporate compound is located at the Wuhan National Space Industry Base space industrial park. ExPace is a subsidiary of missileer China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), and serves as its commercial rocket division. ExPace is focused on small satellite launchers to low Earth orbit.[1][3][4] ExPace was established in February 2016.[5] ExPace was founded as the first private Chinese commercial rocket company.[6]

Kuaizhou rockets[edit]

ExPace's line of Kuaizhou (KZ; Chinese: 快舟; pinyin: Kuài-Zhōu; literally: "fast vessel") rockets use solid rocket motors, thus being available all the time once built, without need to fuel the rockets. The Kuaizhou (Fast Vessel) rockets are based on Chinese ASAT and BMD mid-course interceptor rockets. Development on the KZ rockets started in 2009.[1][3][4] ExPace charges about $10,000/kg for launches.[5]

  • Kuaizhou 1 (KZ-1):
    200 kg (440 lb) to SSO; [3]
    First launch: 2013; [4]
  • Kuaizhou 1A:
    300 kg (660 lb) to LEO; [5]
    First launch: 2017; [5]
  • Kuaizhou 11 (KZ-11):
    2.2m diameter; 2.2-2.6m payload fairing; 78t lift-off mass; 1.5t to LEO; 1t to SSO; $10,000/kg; [3][4]
    First launch: projected 2018; [2]

Marketplace[edit]

The first commercial space launch company in China, China Sanjiang Space Group Co., another subsidiary of CASIC, is planning it first launch for 2017, using ExPace's KZ-11 rocket.[7][8]

ExPace is in competition with several other Chinese solid rocket startups, being LandSpace, OneSpace, LinkSpace.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Phillip Keane (20 September 2016). "ExPace, China's Very Own SpaceX". Asian Scientist Magazine.
  2. ^ a b c Doug Messier (20 December 2017). "EXPACE Raises $182 Million for Small Satellite Launchers". Parabolic Arc.
  3. ^ a b c d Jeffrey Lin (7 October 2016). "China's Private Space Industry Prepares To Compete With SpaceX And Blue Origin". Popular Science.
  4. ^ a b c d "First commercial space base to be built in Wuhan". SpaceDaily. 14 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Stephen Clark (9 January 2017). "Kuaizhou rocket lifts off on first commercial mission". Spaceflight Now.
  6. ^ Pan Yue (19 December 2017). "China's Commercial Space Launch Company ExPace Raises $180M Round". China Money Network.
  7. ^ "China Plans First Commercial Rocket-Launch Company, Xinhua Says". Bloomberg News. 15 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Kuai Zhou (Fast Vessel)". China Space Report. Retrieved 1 October 2016.

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