Edited by Litchi,Wenfei,Wenkenny
Translated by Wenyou
Reviewed by Lori; Wencheng
On Saturday, 12 September 2020, Beijing time, the Chinese Communist Party launched a new “Jilin-1” high-resolution remote sensing satellite from its satellite base in Jiuquan, Gansu Province. However, after several hours of waiting, the launch of the solid fuel-powered “Fast Boat 1A” was declared a failure according to CCP official media. No details were disclosed other than the rocket’s failure to place the satellite in its designated orbit.
The first announcement about the mission was made on Aug. 24, when Changguang Satellite Technology Co. demonstrated three satellites from the Jilin No.1 Gaofen-02 series, meaning they were to be launched on three different missions using the Fast Boat 1A launch vehicle. The satellites Gaofen-02D and Gaofen-02F will be launched on Sept. 17 and Sept. 22, both scheduled for launch at around 06:20 UTC. However, Saturday’s failure could delay those launches.
Up to this mission, there have been 16 space launch missions by the PRC in 2020, with a total of three failures, the failed maiden flight of “Long March 7A” rocket on March 17, the failed launch of Indonesia’s PALAPA-N1 satellite by China’s “Long March 3B” carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 19:46 on April 9, and the failed maiden flight of the “Fast Boat 11”. With the addition of this launch, this will be the 4th satellite launch failure for the PRC in 2020.
The success rate of CCP satellite launches in the past was very high, but in the past one or two years, the failure rate of its launches has increased significantly, what is the reason for this?
1. a large number of processors and sensor chips are needed in rocket orbit calculation and attitude control systems.
2. The PRC’s chip technology industry is relatively backward, with no sufficient self-sufficiency, and has to rely on chips from the US in cutting-edge technology.
3. Since the trade war between China and the United States in 2017, till now it has risen to the confrontation of all the people, the United States sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party is also intensifying, of which the chip supply cut off and sanctions, the high-tech enterprises of the Chinese Communist Party, especially the aerospace enterprises that CCP is proud of, will cause a major blow. In the absence of chips and related core components, it is reasonable to expect the frequent failure of satellite launches by the Chinese Communist Party.
Original link: https://gnews.org/zh-hans/351373/