US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Less than a month after the failure of the Chang-Zheng 7A rocket, another model in the family of these Chinese launchers was unable to complete the mission entrusted to it.
Videos of the decay of the top of this launcher into the atmosphere, captured on the American island of Guam, have been relayed on the Net.
China missed the launch of its Chang-Zheng 3B rocket on April 9 with the Indonesian telecommunications satellite Palapa-N1 / Nusantara 2 on board. The failure was confirmed by the official news agency Xinhua a few hours later .
The accident took place during the first propulsion phase of the third stage. The stage and the satellite fell back into the atmosphere where they disintegrated.
The flaming debris crossing the sky of Guam, an American island in the Pacific, was filmed by witnesses on the spot.
— Nick Delgado (@Mr_NixNetwork) April 9, 2020
This failure is already the second in two months for the Chinese space industry: on March 16 the new version of the CZ-7 launcher (named CZ-7A) also failed to reach orbit because of its third stage.
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