China’s new heavy-lift rocket launch fails in flight


The Long March-5 Y2 rocket takes off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Wenchang, Hainan Province, China July 2, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

China’s launch of a new heavy-lift rocket, the Long March-5 Y2, carrying what the government said was its heaviest ever satellite, failed on Sunday, official news agency Xinhua said.

The same rocket type had been expected to take China’s latest lunar probe to the Moon this year and to return with samples. It is not clear how the timetable for that mission could be affected by the failed launch.

President Xi Jinping has prioritized advancing China’s space program to strengthen national security and defense, and the government has stressed it is a purely peaceful initiative.

“An anomaly occurred during the flight of the rocket,” Xinhua said after the rocket blasted off early evening from the southern island province of Hainan.

“Further investigation will be carried out,” it said, without elaborating.

China’s space program has largely operated without many major hitches, though it still has a way to go to catch up with the United States and Russia.

In late 2013, China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover landed on the Moon to great national fanfare, but ran into severe technical difficulties.

The U.S. Defense Department has highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed at preventing other nations from using space-based assets in a crisis.

China is preparing to send a man to the Moon, state media cited a senior space official as saying last month.

In 2003, it became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Source: Reuters “China’s new heavy-lift rocket launch fails in flight”

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10 Comments on “China’s new heavy-lift rocket launch fails in flight”

  1. Assassin says:

    Are the Americans responsible for this? Their ego will not allow a Chinese to be the first man on the moon. Any means therefore to delay the Chinese. A cyber hack attack?

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    • Fre Okin says:

      China should check if there is an EMP or laser attack in space, a very small one to disrupt her satellite. No details yet and nobody will ever know. Now the Stealth War moves to space too besides the submarines and jet fighters.

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    • Joseph says:

      It is most likely just abnormalities. But sabotage is always possible. The American is frustrated hacking Chinese system because they are not online. It’s on separate line, anyway. That’s why they use organic assets, which are being executed. May be some get through. But this is only the second launch. Abnormalities are expected. It is a new engine with a new fuel mix.

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    • Red Flag says:

      Meanwhile PRIVATE space companies like SpaceX are busy cutting costs by developing reusable boosters and developing giant boosters like Falcon Heavy.

      Is this the second failure of this Chinese rocket? What happened? Hope they can get it right!

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      • Tyler Reber says:

        They’re not just cutting costs, they’re cutting corners. Their methods have been criticized by NASA and Russian space programs.

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        • Joseph says:

          NASA may criticize China because of China’s refusal to work with NASA to supply money blindly. But the Russian never criticize China. A few pro-American Russian analysts perhaps, but China sustains Russian space industry by buying those Soyuz blueprints and space modules at handsome prices when the Russian needed the most. So far the Russian respected China’s wish to do it alone. But in the side, it is clear that they have high hope to contribute and collaborate. There’s no much future in collaborating with NASA anyway. Even the ESA can see it clearly.

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      • tito says:

        Red Flag

        indian loser….maybe China the only country to have a space station in service in 2024 … while india can only dream and keep talking trash….your engineers don’t have the capabilities and the Intelligence like the Chinese….like i said before indians can’t even fix their toilet problems….

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        • Fre Okin says:

          Can’t tell if this guy is Indian but I find Indian nationalists are like primates, very very backward. Their ‘Indian Logic’ defies gravity, can only work in Mars. Most Indians are good people, not the trolls and the nationalist Modi govt mother of all thieves.

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      • Joseph says:

        Second failure? Where do you get that info? Space X? Space X has multiple failures, and they used proven NASA technology. What’s the success rate of Space X? Are they cutting cost or cutting corners? No wonder they are not allowed to carry astronauts.

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