Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Long March 5 launch fails

Long March 5 launch fails

Chinese high power carrier rocket Long March-5 (Changzheng 5) is prepared for the launch at Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Sunday.

Video from the live broadcast showed the rocket shooting into the sky, with a voice-over indicating everything was going well. Chinese space scientists are now investigating the failed launch to identify the root cause of the problem. It was not immediately clear how Sunday's failure will affect planned missions. The official statement also claimed that there will be further investigation into the matter.

China says launch of Long March-5 Y2 "unsuccessful".

It is created to carry a payload of 25 tonnes into low Earth orbit and 14 tonnes into GTO.

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Dubbed "Chubby 5" for its huge size - five metres in diameter and 57 metres tall - the LM-5 rocket is created to carry up to 25 tonnes of payload into low orbit, more than doubling the country's previous lift capability.

It said the satellite will operate on geosynchronous orbit and provide communications services over China´s territory - boosting internet access and providing access to more television channels.

The Long March-5 successfully completed its maiden flight in November 2016 and was slated for a third launch later this year, carrying lunar probe Chang'e-5. At that time, China said it was the most powerful launcher it had yet developed.

Beijing sees its multibillion-dollar space programme as a symbol of China's rise and the Communist Party's success in turning around a once poverty-stricken nation. This was a significant improvement over the earlier models of Long March series.

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