China Loses Gaofen-10 Satellite After Rocket Failed To Put In Orbit: Reports

In a rare setback for China, their space agency recently failed to put one of the most advanced satellites into orbit.

What is more the failed mission also resulted in the loss of the satellite for them according to Chinese media Agencies.


This is first such failure for China since 2013, though they are yet to announce it officially.

China had blasted off a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi but media claims that it failed in its mission as it was not able to insert its payload, the Gaofen-10 satellite, into its designated orbit.

The failure not only resulted in a failed mission but also led to loss of the Gaofen-10 satellite.

The police department of neighbouring Shaanxi province has thus started a search and recovery mission, so as to look for debris of the satellite.


GB Times

Scientist wearing on a Gaofen satellite. GB Times

The Gaofen satellite was part of series that is designed to give China a global network of earth observation satellites. It has high-definition, all-weather, 24-hour intelligence gathering capabilities and is set to be used by both military and civilian users by 2020.

The Gaofen network is designed to be able to monitor any spot on earth.


Before this, China had failed to launch off an earth observation satellite jointly built by them and Brazil back in 2013.

At that time their Long March rocket had failed because of a malfunction.

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