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Yinhe-1 - meaning Galaxy-1 - is the first in a series of 5G communication satellites that will eventually form a global Chinese telecommunications constellation.

Each satellite is reported to have a mass of 277 kg.

The planned 144 satellite constellation will operate at an orbital altitude of 1,150 km.

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Kuaizhou 1A

Kuaizhou 1A is a rapid-response, "quick-reaction" Chinese rocket.

Development of the Kuaizhou 1A started in 2009 with its parent rocket, Kuaizhou 1. The 1A variant flew for the first time on January 9, 2017 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

Kuaizhou 1A can place a 200 kg payload into a Sun-Synchronous Orbit with a maximum altitude of 700 km.

The rocket is launched from a mobile launch platform and system, meaning it is not tied to a specific launch pad but can be launched from any location on a rocket range.

The rapid-response nature of the rocket means that very little ground preparation time at the launch site is required before liftoff.

A 200 kg satellite carries a launch price tag of about $2 million USD.

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LA-4 -- Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center is a Chinese spaceport located in the Gobi desert, about 1,600 km from Beijing. It is part of the Dongfeng Aerospace City

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