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Chinese heavy-lift carrier rocket fails in flight

This was the second launch of the Long March-5 Y2 rocket
By: Lana Jelic | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Jul 2, 2017 8:32 pm

China's launch of the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-5 Y2, carrying its heaviest ever satellite, has failed on Sunday, China's official news agency Xinhua said.




The rocket lifted off at 7:23 PM local time, but 40 minutes after the launch, the state-run Xinhua news agency announced that the launch was a failure, without providing any further details.


"Anomaly was detected during its flight, and further investigation will be carried out," stated the agency.


This was the second launch of the Long March-5 Y2 rocket. China had problems during the first launch as well.


Carried out in November last year, the Long March-5 Y2 rocket launch was interrupted three times due to problems with the flight control computer and the tracking software. The rocket was finally launched, but a problem occurred during the flight, and the rocket put the YZ-2 upper stage and satellite into an orbit that was less accurate than expected. However, this was corrected, and the launch was later declared a success.


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