dglobalnews.com China's carrier rocket Long March 5 Y2 fails flight test
Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

China's carrier rocket Long March 5 Y2 fails flight test

China's carrier rocket Long March 5 Y2 fails flight test

China 's launch of its second heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-5 Y2 failed on Sunday reportedly soon after it took off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern province of Hainan. Andrew Jones of gbtimes.com tweets that launch is expected about 11:20 GMT (7:20 am ET).

The rocket was carrying an experimental Shijian-18 communications satellite.

Separation of the satellite and the second stage of the Long March 5 was due to take place at T+1714 seconds, almost 30 minutes after launch.

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This is the second launch of the Long March-5 following its successful maiden mission in September past year. Chinese space scientists are now investigating the failed launch to identify the root cause of the problem. This is the second launch of the heavyweight rocket, one of the most powerful in the world, and comes as a major setback to the Chinese space program. An upper stage attached to the satellite was later able to correct the orbit. It was also not clear whether the rocket, which was carrying a communication satellite, had entered its orbit.

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As well as Chang'e-5, the Long March 5 will launch the country's first independent interplanetary mission, to Mars, in 2020. The probe will collect samples before returning to Earth. The core module of the station will be launched on a Long March 5 in 2018 or 2019.

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