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Main » 2013 » December » 20 » Remote sensing satellite lost in Chinese rocket failure.


Remote sensing satellite lost in Chinese rocket failure.
09:24
A $250 million Earth observation satellite developed by China and Brazil was lost in the launch failure of the "Long March 4B” rocket-carrier on December 09, 2013. The rocket-carrier was launched at 03:26 UTC from the Taiyuan space center in northern China's Shanxi province. The rocket was supposed to put the 2.3-ton CBERS 3 satellite into orbit about 12 minutes later, but something went wrong. It was not clear so far when the rocket ran into trouble, but Chinese and Brazilian news reports said the satellite did not enter orbit. The last time any Long March rocket malfunctioned was in August 2011, when the "Long March-2C” rocket-carrier faltered while carrying a Shijian military satellite.
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