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China Botches 5th Rocket Launch of the Year, Despite Bid to Dominate Space

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The Chinese regime failed a rocket launch on July 10—the fifth unsuccessful attempt that Beijing has publicly acknowledged over four months—in its bid to further its space ambitions.

The maiden launch of Kuaizhou-11, Chinas largest solid carrier rocket to date with the strongest carrying capacity, failed upon its liftoff at a launch base in Inner Mongolia, causing the loss of two communication satellites it was carrying.

The incident marked Beijings fifth rocket launch failure since March this year. Chinese authorities said they are still looking into the causes.

The regime had originally planned for Kuaizhou-11s launch as early as the end of 2016, but has repeatedly postponed the mission due to technical difficulties.

The government has yet to provide the estimated financial losses due to the failures and destroyed satellites.

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A Long March 3B rocket carrying the Beidou-3GEO3 satellite lifts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang in Chinas southwestern Sichuan Province on June 23, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Previous Incidents

The Chinese regime has suffered a number of setbacks in the past year in attempting to send satellites into space.

On June 16, Beijing delayed the launch of the final Beidou navigation satellite by a week due to technical issues. With the last satellite installed a week later, Beijing aims to provide an alternate global navigation system to rival the United States GPS (Global Positioning System).

On May 5, a large Chinese rocket, known as the Long March 5B, with a roughly 20-metric-ton core stage, plunged to the earth from space after malfunctioning. It passed over Los Angeles and New Yorks Central Park, crash landing into the Atlantic Ocean.

A Long March 5B rocket lifts off

The Epoch Times

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