On March 2, 2017, at 23:53 UTC (on March 3 at 07:53 Beijing time) the “Kaituozhe-2 (KT-2)” rocket-carrier, new launch vehicle, was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited the “Tiankun-1” satellite. The small “TK-1 Tiankun-1” experimental satellite is the first to be developed by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation. TK-1 will be used for remote sensing, telecommunications and experiments in minisatellite-based technologies. The “Kaituozhe-2/Kaituo-2” launch vehicle is a three-stage solid propellant launch vehicle developed by the “CASIC Forth Bureau”. KT-2 has similar capabilities to the “Kuaizhou-1A” rocket-carrier, that was used for the first time on January 9, 2017.