The second launch of China's most powerful rocket, the Long March 5, ended in failure July 2, the second incident involving a Chinese launch vehicle in as many weeks.
The Long March 5 (Y2) lifted off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre at 19:23:23 local time (11:23 UTC, 07:23 ET), carrying the experimental Shijian-18 communications satellite. An upper stage attached to the satellite was later able to correct the orbit.
It was unclear from the live broadcast of the launch that there had been any problems with the operation.
"Further investigation will be carried out", the Xinhua report said.
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This is the second launch of the Long March-5 following its successful maiden mission in September past year.
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A Chinese rocket launch failed on Sunday evening due to abnormality during the flight following what appeared to be a successful liftoff, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
The launch was the last test for the Long March-5 series before its mission to send the Chang'e-5 lunar probe into space in the latter half of this year, which was to return with samples.
The rocket uses environmentally friendly fuel, including kerosene, liquid hydrogen, and liquid oxygen, rather than highly-toxic propellants.
The launch window opens on November 29, but the issues causing today's failure will need to be identified and resolved.
The Long March 5 is a key part of China's human spaceflight and planetary exploration plans. The rocket, carried the Shijian-18 satellite. The core module of the station will be launched on a Long March 5 in 2018 or 2019. According to experts, the massive heavy rockets also have fined tuned China's missile power.
The lunar modules and crewed capsule would dock in low-Earth orbit before heading to the Moon.