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"Hubei-made" commercial rocket Kuaizhou-1A launched

  The rocket Kuaizhou-1A carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1 blasts off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Jan. 9, 2017.(photo by Zhang Wei/Vision)

  The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on January 9, 2017.

  The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blasted off from northwestern China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at around 12:11 pm, January 9, Beijing Time.

  The CASIC Rocket Technology Co., Ltd was responsible for the launch mission. It is a commercial rocket development and launch company, registered and established on Feb. 16 in Wuhan, capital city of Hubei province. The success of the mission marks the company's capability of providing flexible, convenient, quick and economical launch services for domestic and overseas clients.