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China Launches Long March-5 Heavy-Lift Carrier Rocket With Shijan-18 Satellite

© REUTERS / Stringer The Long March-5 Y2 rocket takes off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Wenchang, Hainan Province, China July 2, 2017.
The Long March-5 Y2 rocket takes off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Wenchang, Hainan Province, China July 2, 2017. - Sputnik International
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China has launched its Long March-5 heavy-lift carrier rocket from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Chinese soldiers guard the perimeter of the Jiuquan space base, in north China's Gansu province on June 15, 2012, on the eve of the launch of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. - Sputnik International
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WENCHANG SPACE LAUNCH CENTER (Sputnik) — The launch took place at 19:23 local time [11:23 GMT].

According to Xinhua news agency, the launch was unsuccessful; the reasons are unknown so far. The weather conditions were reportedly perfect for the launch.

The rocket was set to deliver Shijan-18 telecommunication satellite into space.

The first launch of the Changzheng 5 (Long March 5) carrier rocket took place in November 2016.

China's largest ever rocket has a maximum payload capacity of 55,116 pounds to a low-Earth orbit.

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