First Flight of New Chinese Rocket Fails
The first flight of the Chinese rocket Kuaizhou-11 carrier rocket carrying two satellites failed on Friday, Chinese state media reports. The rocket was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:17 p.m. (CST), but a malfunction occurred during the flight.
“The specific cause of the failure is under further analysis and investigation,” Chinese state media reported.
Kuaizhou-11 was a new rocket for Expace. The launcher receives significant financial backing from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). Expace’s feature rocket is the Kuaizhou-1.