China didn’t succeed in the second launch of its heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-5 Y2.
According to state-run media company the launch failed on Sunday evening following an abnormality in the flight. The failure is a huge setback for the nation as it is currently eyeing to launch missions to the moon using the Long March.
China’s largest rocket, carrying an experimental communication satellite, blasted off at 7.23 p.m. from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern province of Hainan.
But 40 minutes later, Xinhua flashed a headline declaring the launch a failure – without providing any details.
“Anomaly was detected during its flight and further investigation will be carried out,” Xinhua tweeted.
Dubbed “Chubby 5” for its huge size – five metres in diameter and 57 metres tall – the LM-5 rocket is designed to carry up to 25 tonnes of payload into low orbit, more than doubling the country’s previous lift capability.
The Long March-5 made its maiden flight in November 2016 from Wenchang.
The rocket uses environmentally friendly fuel, including kerosene, liquid hydrogen, and liquid oxygen, rather than highly-toxic propellants.
The launches of Long March-5 have been scheduled in preparation for China’s lunar probe, manned space station and Mars probe missions, Xinhua added.