China’s Kuaizhou-11 rocket fails during first launch

China’s Kuaizhou-11 rocket fails during first launch

The first launch of the new Chinese Kuaizhou-11 solid-fueled rocket failed to place two small satellites into orbit, and Chinese state media stated that the reason for the glitch is under scrutiny.

The Kuaizhou-11 launcher terminated away from a launch site at the Jiuquan Space Center in the Gobi Desert of northwestern China at 12:17 PM (Beijing time). A video of the launch issued after the mission indicated the rocket taking off from Jiuquan, and the Kuaizhou-11 seemed to fly through the burn of its first stage engine.

Two more solid powered stages were relied upon to fire to put the mission’s two satellite payloads into orbit. Chinese authorities didn’t state when in the flight the rocket broke down.

“The particular reason for the fail is under further investigation and examination,” China’s state-run Xinhua news organization said.

The satellites on board the Kuaizhou-11 rocket incorporated a Jilin 1 Earth-imaging satellite created by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd., which has propelled 16 Jilin 1 observation satellites since 2015. The video observation spacecraft lost on Friday’s launch was made to give photos to Bilibili, a Chinese video sharing site.

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