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New Chinese Medium-lift Rocket Suffers Malfunction During First Launch

A brand new Chinese medium-lift rocket, a part of a family of launch autos meant to support most of China’s…

By Luann Reagan , in Industry Updates News , at March 17, 2020 9:24 AM EDT Tags: , ,

A brand new Chinese medium-lift rocket, a part of a family of launch autos meant to support most of China’s launch missions in the future, failed on its debut flight, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

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The Long March 7A, a version of the Long March 7, blasted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center, in the southern island of Hainan, on Monday morning.

Nevertheless, it later caught a malfunction, the cause of which was being probed, Xinhua stated.

With its specs and capabilities, the rocket, known as the LM-7A, is well-positioned to become China’s principal rocket for communication satellite missions, probably replacing older missiles in the LM-2, LM-3 and LM-4 range.

The LM-7 fleet is also anticipated to be central to the development of China’s space station due for completion in 2022.

It was not clear how the timetable for near-term orbital launches would be affected by the failed LM-7A mission.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC) stated January that it aimed to execute over 40 launches this year, along with house infrastructure missions.

President Xi Jinping has prioritized the space program to strengthen national security and defense. The government has highlighted that it’s a purely peaceful initiative.

In 2003, China turned the third nation to send a person in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union (Russia) and the U.S.