China’s launch of a new heavy rocket, the Y2 Great March-5, with the government says it is its heaviest satellite failed Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The same type of rocket had to take the last lunar probe this year the moon and return with samples. It is unclear how the timing of this mission could be affected by the failed launch.
Xi Jinping has prioritized the progress of China’s space program to strengthen national security and defense, and the government has insisted that it is a purely peaceful initiative.
“An anomaly occurred during the rocket flight,” he told Xinhua after the rocket exploded the afternoon of Hainan Province, South Island.
“There will be more research,” he said, without specifying.
The Chinese space program has operated largely without a large number of important assets, but still has a way of catching up with the United States and Russia.
At the end of 2013, the jade rabbit Luna louveur of China came to the moon in a national hype, but encountered serious technical difficulties.
The United States Department of Defense has focused on China’s spatial growth capabilities, saying it was making efforts to prevent other countries from using crisis space resources.
China is preparing to send a man to the moon, state media former space boss said last month.
In 2003, it became the third country to put a man in space with his own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States.
(Statement by Ben Blanchard, edited by Louise Ireland)