In a rare setback for China, their space agency recently failed to put one of the most advanced satellites into orbit.
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 police department of neighbouring Shaanxi province has thus started a search and recovery mission, so as to look for debris of the satellite.
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.
Before this, China had failed to launch off an earth observation satellite jointly built by them and Brazil back in 2013.