Chinese rocket launch fails one hour after lift-off

Chinese rocket launch fails one hour after lift-off

China's state-run Xinhua news service announced about 45 minutes after liftoff that the launch had failed.

China is investigating the cause of an anomaly which resulted in the failure of its second Long March 5 launch on Sunday.

Video from the live broadcast showed the rocket lifting off and shooting into the sky, with a voice-over indicating everything was going well. The launch, broadcast live by Chinese media, appeared to go as planned, but those broadcasts ended prior to any announcement of separation of the rocket's payload, the Shijian-18 communications satellite. The rocket, carried the Shijian-18 satellite.

The launch was the final scheduled test for the Long March-5 series before it will send the Chang'e-5 lunar probe into space in the second half of the year. It was dubbed "Chubby 5" for its huge size - five metres in diameter and 57 metres tall and was created to deposit payload into low orbit, with a weight which more than doubled the country's previous lift capability.

The satellite was meant to boost internet access and providing access to more television channels. At that time, China said it was the most powerful launcher it had yet developed.

Tillerson urges negotiation to end Gulf crisis but Saudis say no
The UAE, Saudi Arabia , Egypt and Bahrain have accused Qatar of funding extremism and have cut ties with the Arab state. Commenting on the list of demands, Tillerson on Sunday said some of the demands "will be very hard for Qatar to meet".

The Long March-5 made its maiden flight in November 2016 from Wenchang.

The Long March-5 Y2 was fuelled with liquid hydrogen, kerosene and liquid oxygen and the process of filling propellant reportedly began from Saturday.

Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar space programme as a symbol of its rise and of the Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation.

And in April, the country's first cargo spacecraft completed docking with an orbiting space lab - a key step toward China's goal of having a crewed space station by 2022.

Related Articles

  • Showers and Thunderstorms Staying Through the Weekend

    Showers and Thunderstorms Staying Through the Weekend

    The best chance for storm development will be along and south of I-70, with the chance for a few isolated showers to the north. Sunday evening the front moves south, and we will clear out providing good weather for fireworks Sunday night also.
    House passes 'Kate's Law' and bill declaring war on sanctuary cities

    House passes 'Kate's Law' and bill declaring war on sanctuary cities

    Kate's Law was heavily supported by then Fox News Anchor Bill O'Reilly who often called for a bi-partisan effort to pass the bill. The House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.
    FBI locates car related to missing scholar case

    FBI locates car related to missing scholar case

    She had been researching plant photosynthesis and was planning to seek her PhD in the autumn, according to the university. Zhang was last seen wearing a pink and white shirt, jeans, charcoal baseball cap, and white tennis shoes.
  • As Centre Rehearses GST Rollout, J&K to Take Final Call Today

    As Centre Rehearses GST Rollout, J&K to Take Final Call Today

    Entire requirements are imported from it and everything produced or manufactured in J&K is exported to the same market. Besides, it will also entail amending Section 5 of J&K Constitution which can't be done.
    Small plane crashes on 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport; 2 injured

    Small plane crashes on 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport; 2 injured

    The driver in that clipped auto told ABC7 that the plane hit the rear end of his truck, which then went out of control. He did say the victims were both in their 60s and were showing vital signs when they were taken out of the plane.
    Sony Will Press its First Vinyl Records in in 30 Years

    Sony Will Press its First Vinyl Records in in 30 Years

    Japan was the world's second-biggest recorded music territory overall, generating $2.8bn for labels and artists - up 1.1% on 2015. Traditional LPs are now so popular that they account for 15 per cent of the record industry's income from physical album sales.
  • Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal in negotiations to sign French striker from Lyon

    Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal in negotiations to sign French striker from Lyon

    Arsenal have been linked with a long-held interest in Lacazette, with the striker known to be considering leaving the club. Lyon are still keen on signing Gunners' forward Olivier Giroud , who was expected to a makeweight in a Lacazette transfer.
    Venus Williams Was Allegedly Involved In A Deadly Car Crash

    Venus Williams Was Allegedly Involved In A Deadly Car Crash

    Tennis star Venus Williams is being blamed for a fatal auto crash on June 9 that left the other driver a widow, cops said . The website TMZ reported that Williams was found at fault, but it was unclear if she was cited.
    Macron's party secures majority in French parliament

    Macron's party secures majority in French parliament

    The conservative The Republicans are the second-biggest party in parliament, with 113 lawmakers. According to the Guardian , Macron's new Centrist Party consists of half-unknown candidates.
  • Kyle Lowry, Raptors Agree To Three-Year, $100 Million Contract

    Lowry's contract is a three-year deal worth $100 million, which serves as a healthy pay raise for the All-Star point guard. The 11-year veteran shot 42.9 percent from three last season, a year after leading the league with a 47.5 percent mark.
    Beijing's influence over Hong Kong prompts locals to pack up and leave

    Beijing's influence over Hong Kong prompts locals to pack up and leave

    The city of Hong Kong on Saturday celebrated the 20th anniversary of its transfer from British authority to China. This principle is stipulated in the Basic Law of Hong Kong , equivalent to a constitutional document.
    Father of Missing 5-Year-Old SoCal Boy Arrested on Murder Charges

    Father of Missing 5-Year-Old SoCal Boy Arrested on Murder Charges

    The early days in the search for the boy spanned to Lake Cachuma area in Santa Barbara County, where the man said he took his son. He told police he had taken prescription pills that belonged to someone else and did not know what had happened to his son.