Long March 5 launch fails

Rocket has been tested and assembled since arriving at the launch center in May

In November 2016, China successfully launched the Long March-5 from the same Wenchang centre.

The European Space Agency's Ariane 5 rocket suffered four failures and partial failures in its first 14 launches, but has since put together 80 successful flights in a row.

The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence said on Satuirday that the Long March-5 Y2 would be launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China's southern Hainan Province on Sunday.

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. An upper stage attached to the satellite was later able to correct the orbit. Xinhua only said that an "anomaly" occurred during the launch, and that an investigation would take place.

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It was unclear from the live broadcast of the launch that there had been any problems with the operation. A Long March 3B rocket launched the Chinasat-9A satellite into geostationary transfer orbit June 19. The rocket is quite advanced since it utilizes environmentally friendly fuels such as kerosene, liquid hydrogen, and liquid oxygen.

With a weight of 7.5 tonnes, Shijian-18 is China's latest technology experiment satellite and the heaviest satellite China has ever launched into space.

Last month it successfully launched the Long March-4B, its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts.

The Long March 5 is a key part of China's human spaceflight and planetary exploration plans. According to experts, the massive heavy rockets also have fined tuned China's missile power.

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