China’s launch of second heavy-lift carrier rocket fails

The rocket was due to carry the heaviest Shijian-18 satellite. Shijian-18 is China's latest technology experiment satellite and the heaviest satellite China has ever launched into space, an earlier report by Xinhua said

By: PTI | Beijing | Published:July 2, 2017 6:53 pm
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China’s attempt to launch its second heavy-lift carrier rocket ‘Long March-5 Y2’ on Sunday failed after abnormity was detected during the flight, official media reported. Abnormity was detected during the flight of the rocket, which blasted off at 7:23 pm (local time) from Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern province of Hainan, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Further investigation will be carried out, it said. The rocket was due to carry the heaviest Shijian-18 satellite. The launch was the last test for the Long March-5 series before its mission to send the Chang’e-5 lunar probe into space in the latter half of this year, which was to return with samples. With a weight of 7.5 tonnes, Shijian-18 is China’s latest technology experiment satellite and the heaviest satellite China has ever launched into space, an earlier report by Xinhua said.

It was aimed at testing China’s new Dongfanghong-5 (DFH-5) satellite platform and carry out in-orbit experiments including Q/V band satellite communication, satellite-ground laser communication technologies and an advanced Hull electric propulsion system, it said. The Long March-5 made its maiden flight in November 2016 from Wenchang. It can carry a payload of 25 tonnes into low Earth orbit and 14 tonnes in geostationary orbit, over twice the capacity of previous Long March models.

The rocket uses environmentally friendly fuel, including kerosene, liquid hydrogen, and liquid oxygen, rather than highly toxic propellants, the report said. In April this year, China had launched its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space using the country’s heaviest Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket to dock with the orbiting experimental space station which was expected to be operationalised by 2022. Tianzhou-1 was larger and heavier than Tiangong-2, which is 10.4 meters in length and has a maximum diameter of 3.35 meters,weighing 8.6 tonnes.

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  1. A
    Jul 3, 2017 at 7:42 am
    Except Pakistan no one trust Chinese technologies. Even Chinese dont use their own technologies.
    1. K
      Kamal Pasha
      Jul 3, 2017 at 12:27 pm
      Ajitdada : Think about your own backyard., which is in complete mess. India is run by Cow vigilantes, and ministers like Yogi, Parrikar, Raj Nath and Feku.,
    2. I
      Indian Abroad
      Jul 2, 2017 at 9:48 pm
      Failures are part of pushing envelop on Science and Technology. NASA and ISRO had many. However, inefficiencies, delays and repeated failures like that of HAL are inexcusable.
      1. I
        Jul 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm
        Donga Donga.
        1. R
          Raj Naik
          Jul 2, 2017 at 9:02 pm
          chinese need to work over their quality , now whole world make jokes on Chinese products just because they are f cheap replica or very poor technology, learn something from ISRO
          1. R
            Jul 2, 2017 at 9:11 pm
            no nation is perfect even isro has faced failures so have usa Russia
            1. K
              Kamal Pasha
              Jul 2, 2017 at 11:58 pm
              Raj Naik : But India is afraid of China. If you think China has intruded into Indian territory, why don't you remove them. You won't. 1962 is still fresh in your minds.
              1. M
                Jul 3, 2017 at 12:34 am
                This is not the India of 1962 - fresh from Independence and still steeped in the ahimsa movement that led to independence...The India of today is mean, tenacious and believes in two eyes for one eye to contain any enemy....Once the CPEC is done there will be juicier targets to go after....
                1. L
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 6:09 am
                  Dragon no doubt is powerful but it can be taught lesson.
              2. L
                Jul 2, 2017 at 8:27 pm
                Good news
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