China’s Long March 4C rocket carrying Gaofen 10 suffers launch failure (Updated and revised)

by | Sep 1, 2016 | China, Launches, Satellites, Seradata News | 0 comments

China’s Long March 4C (CZ-4C) launch vehicle has suffered a launch failure. The three-stage rocket, which was launched at approximately 1853 GMT on 31 August 2016 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China, was carrying the Gaofen 10 Earth observation satellite. Despite an original Chinese news black out on the event, near intact stage debris found on mountainsides in Shanxi Province down range from the launch site indicated that the launch had taken place. Sources indicate that the stages and fairings landed in their planned landing areas but that US Strategic Command had not managed to track any satellite from the launch indicating that the orbital launch attempt was a failure.

China Great Wall Industry Corp (CGWIC) the firm that markets commercial launches of the Long March 1- 4 rocket series, later admitted that a failure had occurred and that it was in a stage unique to the Long March 4C rocket i.e. the third stage. It is suspected that the Long March 4C rocket suffered a suspected restart failure of the third stage of the rocket resulting in orbital velocity not being achieved.  The third stage and Gaofen 10 spacecraft was destroyed as the assembly re-entered the Earth atmosphere.

Owned by CASIC, the China Aerospace and Industry Corporation, the Gaofen series of imaging satellites are officially civilian but are believed to have military applications.

 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket testing explosion at Cape Canaveral destroyed AMOS-6

 Updated and revised:  8 September 2016.

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned Seradata database. Trusted by over 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, Seradata is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to

Related Articles




nasaspacexecoreviewsissesaArianespacevideochinaFalcon 9v1.2FT Block 525virgin galacticULAfalcon 9RoscosmosevaDGAspacewalkaviation weekInternational Space StationaressoyuzIGTRocket LabBlue OriginBeidouawardsStarlinkspaceSatellite broadcastingrussiaAirbus DSboeingmoonISROOneWebCargo Return VehiclemarsblogresearchspaceshiptwojaxaorionmarsimpactdelayhyperbolaEutelsatdemocratrocketlunarhypertextobamagoogle lunar prizelaunchVegaSESbarack obamaconstellationtourismnorthfiguresthales alenia spacespaceflightIntelsatnode 2fundedRaymond Lygo2009Lockheed MartinExpress MD-2Elon MuskAtlas Vromess2dassault aviationaviationLucy2008wk2sstlukradiosuborbitaltestmissiledocking portexplorationAriane 5 ECAVirgin OrbitinternetLong March 2D/2sts-122SLSNorthrop GrummanChina Manned Space EngineeringAriane 5missile defensenewspapercotsgalileospace tourismflight2010ElectronLong March 4CspaceportExpress AMU 1buildspace stationaltairsoyuz 2-1aProton Minternational astronautical congressshuttlespace shuttlescaled compositesIntelsat 23European Space AgencyLauncherOneCosmosnew yorkrulesAriane 6hanleybudgetatvVietnamshenzhoucongressMojaveboldennew shepardLong March 2CInmarsatOrbital ATKcnesiaclunar landerGuiana Space CenterkscApollolawsUS Air ForceSpace Systems/LoralUK Space AgencyLong March 4BKuaizhou 1AILSprotondarpaTalulah RileyElectron KSFalcon 9v1.2 Block 5Vega CNorth KoreaeuAstriumSkylonpicturebaseusaastronautdragonlanderfiveeventTelesatSSLAprilSNC50thinterviewLong MarchSea LaunchfalconWednesdaycustomerlinkatlantissuccessor

Stay Informed with Seradata

Stay informed on the latest news, insights, and more from Seradata by signing up for our newsletter.