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GF-02


Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 2,050/246 kg. Thrust 180.99 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 254 seconds.

Cost $ : 0.300 million.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 2,050 kg (4,510 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 246 kg (542 lb).
Height: 3.95 m (12.95 ft).
Diameter: 0.77 m (2.52 ft).
Span: 0.77 m (2.52 ft).
Thrust: 180.99 kN (40,688 lbf).
Specific impulse: 254 s.
Burn time: 38 s.
Number: 6 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
  • GF-02 Fourth Academy solid rocket engine. 181 kN. CZ-1 launch vehicle. Out of production. Isp=254s. First upper stage, zero-G, vacuum-start solid rocket motor developed in China. Inserted China's first satellite into orbit on 24 April 1970. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • CZ-1 Chinese orbital launch vehicle. China began development of the CZ-1 (Changzheng-1 = Long March-1) launch vehicle in the second half of 1965. The project was undertaken with the specific objective of launching China's first satellite, the DFH-1. The CZ-l's first and second stages were adapted from those of the DF-3 intermediate range ballistic missile. The third stage used a new-design solid rocket motor. More...
  • CZ-1D Chinese orbital launch vehicle. Proposed launch vehicle derived from the CZ-1, but with a new N2O4/UDMH second stage. Used for a suborbital re-entry vehicle test but never flown on an orbital mission. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

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