China’s launch-services provider said the December failure of a Long March 4B rocket was due to debris that blocked fuel intake of an upper-stage engine, resulting in the loss of the CBERS-3 Earth observation satellite owned jointly by China and Brazil.
A Long March 3B rocket launched the Chinasat 11 communications satellite May 1 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.
China on Oct. 14 launched a pair of experimental civilian satellites aboard a Long March 2C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northeastern part of the country, according to the state run Xinhua News Agency.
China launched a Yaogan 14 remote sensing satellite May 10 aboard a Long March 4B rocket, China’s state-run XinhuaNews Agency reported.
The Chinese government on Feb. 24 launched a Beidou timing, positioning and navigation satellite aboard a Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan Province at 11:12 a.m. EDT, according to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency. The launch was China’s third in 2012.