China reveals that the launch of the Kuaizhou-11 rocket is a fail. This statement comes after the rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China on the 10th of July. The impertinent source of the problem is still under study. This failure comes a day after a similar launch from this Xichang Satellite Launch Center was successful.
The state media, known as Xinhua, submitted in a press release that the break down began a few minutes after takeoff. The exact time is estimated to be at 12:17 p.m. The media house states that the cause of the malfunction is still under analysis and evaluation.
A snippet of the launch is online, displaying the initial moments of glory for the rocket after its launch. The video demonstrates a successful detachment of the first and second segments. This video is already on the SpaceNews.com website.
Kuaizhou-11 or the KZ-11 was trying out its first launch after days of postponement as it was modified to host two satellites to space. NASASpaceflight.com admits that the rocket has been under development, and its first mission was supposed to be in 2018.
The failed rocket launch resulted in the loss of two satellites with it. CentiSpace-1 S2 (Xiangrikui 2 or Weili-1-02), one of the two satellites, was to form part of the constellation of satellites in the low-Earth orbit path. The other rocket, Jilin-1 Gaofen-02E (BilibiliSat), is a telemetry satellite whose commercial purpose is to control geological challenges and natural resources.
KZ-11 is a creation of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. NASASpaceflight.com reveals that the China Space Sanjiang Group Corporation (Expace) is responsible for advertising this rocket. This rocket can carry a payload worth 100 kilograms to the sun-synchronous orbit, which is in the medium-altitude Earth orbit. It can also send a payload of about 1500 kilograms to the low-Earth orbit. An analyst of SpaceNews.com explains that the KZ-11 is a project started to act substantially as a top-up to government-sponsored launches.
This launch was supposed to be China’s 19th launch this year before the catastrophic failure. There was the 18th launch the day before this, which triumphantly carried APSTAR-6D communications satellite to space via the experienced Long March 3B rocket. This launch was initiated at 8:11 p.m and was photographed by China Central Television (CCTV), a state-owned media house.
Finally, APSTAR-6D will voyage space in its geostationary orbit for the next 15 years. This satellite forms the basis of a broadband satellite connection system responsible for communications in the Asia-Pacific region. This satellite is going to provide high-speed communications with around 50 gigabytes per second. The APSTAR-6D is a creation of the China Academy of Space Technology, a branch of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.