Launch fails for Chinese heavy-lift carrier rocket

The Long March-5 Y2 rocket takes off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Wenchang Hainan Province China

China will conduct the second launch of its new heavy lift Long March 5 rocket - Y2 - on July 2, 2017.

China is carrying out massive space programme in recent years with missions to moon and manned missions to build a space station which is now under construction. It was not clear from the live broadcast whether anything had gone wrong.

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"I'm sure the Chinese are very disappointed with this failure, as the delays [to its space station and other plans] have become harder and harder to explain without China being seen as slipping in the advances its been able to make". The third flight was due for November, but Sunday's failure calls this schedule into question.

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.

The Long March-5 Y2 was fuelled with liquid hydrogen, kerosene and liquid oxygen and the process of filling propellant reportedly began from Saturday.

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The Long March 5 (Y3), now being manufactured in Tianjin, will lift Chang'e-5 towards the Moon with the aim of returning 2 kg of samples to Earth in the first such mission for over 40 years.

China's attempt to launch the "Long March-5 Y2" carrier rocket today failed after an anomaly was detected during its flight.

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