View Full Version : China's new launch vehicle - Naga-L rocket

2015-Oct-16, 01:29 PM
The Naga-L rocket, that the Chinese are designing is being designed to appeal to owners of small satellites headed to low Earth orbit. Main objective is to get around ITAR regulations which has prohibited China launching any satellite with US components. The idea being to export the rockets to Sweden and Indonesia where the satellites can be launched from.

The rocket can launch satellites up to 600 kilograms. The two-stage Naga-L, will be based on components used for heavier-lift versions of China’s Long March rocket family. The rocket’s basic version will be priced at $10 million per launch.


With U.S. parts embedded in most telecommunications satellites, the prohibition has, for the most part, kept China out of the global commercial launch market except for nations that have elected to purchase a Chinese-built satellite along with a Long March rocket.

Unable to import satellites, China now wants to export a rocket.

“We can export this vehicle to get around the ITAR regulations,” Yang said. “It would only be for commercial launches.” A first launch of the two-stage Naga-L, from China, is planned in 2017, he said.

2015-Oct-16, 03:06 PM
The name made me think it was an ISRO vehicle! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nāga

2015-Oct-16, 08:04 PM
The name made me think it was an ISRO vehicle! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nāga

Will not be surprised if the origin of the word was from Sanskrit. 2000 years ago that was the language used in the East (equivalent to Latin in Europe).

2015-Oct-17, 04:07 AM
A bit more information on the specification of the rocket in this article.


Name: Naga-L or Naga-1 (name differed between paper, presentation)
First Flight: ~2 years (end of 2017)
Payloads: 1,550kg to 400km LEO @ 41deg, 820kg to 500km SSO, 620kg to 700km SSO
Launch Options: China (@ 41deg), Indonesia & Tanzania for equatorial, Sweden for SSO
Technical Details: 2 stage LOX/RP + LOX/LH2, 100t GLOW, 30m length