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

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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.

    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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