The China Great Wall Industries Corp is reported by Space News to have revealed the cause of the Long March 4B launch failure in December 2013. According to the report, the launch failure which destroyed the CBERS 3 (China Brazil Earth Resources Satellite 3) was caused by the premature shutdown of one of two YF-40 third stage engines. This was, in turn, caused by a blockage in a fuel line inlet. The blockage was due to debris clogging the inlet. The exact nature of the debris is unknown but believed to have been caused by either a manufacturing error or produced by the pressurization feeding system. New quality control procedures have been introduced to make sure that this fault does not happen again.
- Constellation news: SpaceX shocker as it plans 30,000 extra Starlink sats…as Planet gets major NRO contract
- All woman spacewalk finally happens
- China launches fourth secretive communications technology test satellite
- Ninth Rocket Lab launch sees Electron rocket carrying single satellite for Astro Digital
- On a sadder note: First ever spacewalker Alexei Leonov dies at the age of 85
Cookies & Privacy
nasaecoreviewsspacexesaissvideo25Arianespacevirgin galacticchinaDGAULAaviation weekaresIGTRoscosmosBeidouawardssoyuzspaceSatellite broadcastingCargo Return VehicleresearchmoonmarsblogInternational Space Stationfalcon 9russiaimpacthyperboladelaydemocratobamaspaceshiptwohypertextrocketgoogle lunar prizelunarspacewalkorionboeinglaunchtourismbarack obamanorthconstellationfiguresspaceflightevamarsjaxanode 2fundedISRORaymond LygoVegarome2009Express MD-2ss2dassault aviationAirbus DSwk2aviation2008LucySESradiomissiletestexplorationdocking portBlue Origininternetsuborbitaluksts-122Atlas VChina Manned Space EngineeringEutelsatAriane 5Elon Muskcotsmissile defensenewspaperspaceport2010Proton MExpress AMU 1flightbuildaltairsstlshuttlespace stationIntelsat 23scaled compositesgalileoCosmosinternational astronautical congressspace tourismEuropean Space Agencyruleshanleynew yorkbudgetshenzhouspace shuttleatvVietnamOrbital ATKMojaveSLSboldencongressiacthales alenia spaceLockheed MartinIntelsatGuiana Space CenterlawsUK Space AgencyILSkscprotonSpace Systems/LoralAriane 5 ECAdragonTalulah RileycnesastronautAstriumSkylonpicturebaselanderSSLusaApollofiveInmarsatAriane 6eventeufalcon50thSea LaunchWednesdayinterviewAprilUS Air Forcesuccessorcustomeratlantis7linkSNCenergiarecycleOneWebnewshumanadministrator201115orbiternational space symposiumconferenceJFKlunar landerkoreaUnited Launch AllianceLong Marchcstson its launch padcommercialOctoberpresidentgriffin