In China, the launch of an Indonesian satellite has failed. The third stage of the Long Mars-3B missile did not seem to work.
A few weeks ago, the launch of a new type of Chinese missile also failed.
The heavy Long Mars-3B missile was launched this afternoon at Xichang base in southwestern Sichuan Province. The rocket’s first and second stages worked usually, but the third stage went wrong, and the missile crashed.
China has not disclosed whether there have been damage or casualties.
The rocket was to orbit the Indonesian satellite Palapa N1. That is part of the network with which Indonesia wants to roll out broadband internet throughout the country.
In Indonesia, 65 percent of the 265 million inhabitants now have internet access, and the government wants to expand this considerably.
The failure is a setback for China that hopes for even more launch contracts from Indonesia. In mid-March, the launch of a new type of Chinese missile also failed.