Second Long March 5 launch fails

by | Jul 2, 2017 | China, Launches

The second launch of the Chinese Long March 5 super-heavy launch vehicle has ended in failure after an anomaly apparently associated with the upper stage. The mission was carrying an experimental communications satellite called SHI JIAN 18. The launch took place from the Wenchang launch site on Hainan Island at 1123 GMT on 2 July 2017. The payload failed to achieve orbital velocity and re-entered.

While the upper stage has been cited as the cause of the failure, a propellant or pressurant leak was sighted at T plus 347s with one of the core’s YF-77 engine pair noted as burning for longer than the other one.

Long March 5 launch of Yaogan 18 initially appeared to go well – but it failed later. Courtesy: Chinese TV via YouTube

 

About Seradata

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

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

China launches Chang’e 5 sample return mission to Moon…and it looks like a practice run for human trip

While China has come under international criticism for some of its policies, it still retains international admiration for its space Read more

Last launch of the season: China gets Long March 5 back into service to put Shi Jian 20 comsat into orbit

China successfully launched the experimental communications satellite Shi Jian 20 on the reflight of the Long March 5 at 1245 Read more

Long March 5 failure was caused by structural failure of engine pump exhaust

The Chinese authorities have released the cause of the failure of the Long March 5 flight at 1123 GMT on Read more

China receives plaudits for maiden launch of its new Long March 5 rocket – but upper stage is then revealed as debris hazard

At 1243 GMT, on 2 November 2016, China carried out the maiden launch of the new Long March 5 (CZ-5), Read more

China launches three Yaogan 31-03 electronic spy satellites aimed at tracking naval vessels

China launched three Yaogan 31-03 satellites, Yaogan 31-03-A, -B, and -C, into low Earth orbit at 0222 GMT on 24 Read more

Covid-19 Pandemic Endgame: “1943” has been reached but setbacks may still happen

Most of those living today will not have been alive during the World Wars of the Twentieth Century.  And yet, Read more

Cygnus NG-15 (Katherine Johnson) space freighter is launched to International Space Station

The US commercial unmanned space freighter Cygnus NG-15 (Katherine Johnson) was launched successfully by an Antares 230+ rocket at 1736 Read more

SpaceX successfully launches another Starlink batch but loses the first-stage during landing attempt (Updated)

Lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 0359 GMT on 16 February, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried the second Read more

Cookies & Privacy

Click here to read about use of cookies on the website

Categories

Archives