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China's commercial rocket SD-3 to make maiden flight in 2022

Beijing, March 12 Smart Dragon-3 (SD-3), the third member of China's Dragon series commercial carrier rocket family, will make ...
China's commercial rocket SD-3 to make maiden flight in 2022

Beijing, March 12 Smart Dragon-3 (SD-3), the third member of China's Dragon series commercial carrier rocket family, will make its maiden flight in 2022.

A four-stage solid-propellant rocket, the SD-3 will be the largest with the highest carrying capacity among the Dragon series, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

With a maximum diameter of 2.64 meters and a takeoff weight of 140 tonnes, the rocket is capable of sending a payload of 1.5 tonnes to the solar synchronous orbit at an altitude of 500 km.

To meet the large-scale commercial launch demands, the rocket's multi-satellite launch capability enables it to carry more than 20 satellites in a single mission, while the cost is just 10,000 U.S. dollars per kg, making it competitive in the market, reports Xinhua news agency.

The rocket maker said the SD-3 was designed for both land and sea launches.

( With inputs from IANS )

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