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KT-2 & KT-2A
Heavy all-solid propellant Chinese launch vehicle. Model first displayed at Wuzhai in the fall of 2002. Consists of two parallel first-stage booster motors derived new the first stage motor of the KT-1, a larger-diameter core second stage motor like that of the KT-2, a new larger-diameter third stage motor, and an enormous new fairing. All figures are rough estimates.

LEO Payload: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb) to a 500 km orbit at 98.00 degrees.

Status: Development ended 2002.
Gross mass: 80,000 kg (176,000 lb).
Payload: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb).
Height: 30.00 m (98.00 ft).
Diameter: 2.70 m (8.80 ft).
Span: 6.70 m (21.90 ft).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

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  • KT Family of all solid-propellant Chinese launch vehicles, using the DF-31 ICBM as the basis with new upper or lower stages to achieve a range of payload performances. Following two unsuccessful launches in 2002-2003, the project may have been abandoned. More...

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