China’s launch of a new heavy-lift rocket fails during the flight


Xinhua News Agency announced that China’s launch of a new heavy-lift rocket, the Long March-5 Y2 has failed after unspecified abnormality during the flight. This is the second launch of the heavyweight rocket. Last year, November 2016, Long March-5 had successfully made its maiden flight in Wenchang.

Long March-5 Y2 rocket, which weighs 879 tonnes, is capable of lifting 25 tonnes into a low earth orbit. The heavy weight rocket was due to carry the heaviest Shijian-18 satellite.

“An anomaly occurred during the flight of the rocket,” Xinhua said.

“Further investigation will be carried out,” it said.

According to Xinhua, the rocket was carrying a communication satellite, but launches of Long March-5 have been scheduled in preparation for China’s lunar probe, manned space station and Mars probe missions since China is preparing to send a man to the Moon.

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