Chang Zheng 2C
Launch vehicle Chang Zheng 2C
Launch site Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China
Date/Time 2011-08-17 0928 UTC
Description Second stage failure? (unconfirmed)
Cause unknown
Payload Shi Jian 11-04
Desired orbit probably approx. 700 km x 98 degrees

The payload failed to enter the designated orbit due to a malfunction of the rocket, Xinhua reported.

"The rocket experienced malfunction during the flight following its launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 5:28 p.m. Beijing Time [0928 UTC] in northwest Gansu Province.

"The specific cause of the failure is being analyzed."

No further details were given.

Chinese bloggers reportedly said that "Apparently the second stage engine either failed to ignite or shut down too early, and the range safety system blew the rocket up," i.e. was destroyed on purpose for safety reasons.

Last updated: 21 August 2011

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