The NASASpaceflight news site confirmed that a Kuaizhou-1A rocket, launched on Saturday, Sept. 12, by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), failed to put a high-resolution remote-sensing satellite into orbit.
This failure is the fourth in the launch of CCP rockets this year, which leads to hypotheses about the causes of the frequent failures of the system in charge of the operations, of which no details are known.
The satellite should have been put into orbit at an altitude of 332 miles.
According to its design, “it would have been able to capture static push-scan images with a full-color resolution of 0.75 a multispectral resolution of 3.1 meters. Its launch weight was 507 pounds,” reported the NASASpaceflight on Sept. 12.
The launch was to be the first remote-sensing satellite developed by the country for commercial use. The satellite, called Gaofen-02C, was the first in a series of three.
The other two’s launch was scheduled for September 17 and 22, but it is expected that this failure will lead to their re-scheduling into orbit.
Although the success rate of the CCP space missions was high in the past, failures have become frequent in the last one or two years, according to the alternative media GNews.
Many theories could explain the repeated failures in the Beijing aerospace field. The most likely stems from these missions’ significant dependency on the technological support of integrated circuits manufactured with a semiconductor material.
In 2020 three U.S. launches (also including new LauncherOne and Astra rockets) and an Iranian orbital launch attempt also failed.
Recent U.S. sanctions against companies dependent on the CCP have restricted access to these electronic chips, which would likely affect the adequate supply for the rocket orbit calculation system and altitude control.
Additionally, the technology industry in charge of producing the chips in China is not so advanced as to be self-sufficient, so it has to rely on U.S. chips in state-of-the-art technology.
Recently, the Trump administration announced that it is also considering sanctioning the SMIC company, a chip producer linked to the CCP, and immediately the price of its shares plummeted.
The CCP military and Huawei would likely use the chips and technology that SMIC obtains from U.S. companies.
“A number of researchers at universities and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) defense industrial complex are using SMIC processes and chips to conduct their research, making it impossible for them to manufacture their chips at another foundry,” according to a report by a U.S. defense contractor, as reported in the Financial Times.