Chinese rocket, carrying Indonesian satellite, launch fails


The launch of Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying a communication satellite of Indonesia on April 9, Chinese news outlet Xinhua reported.

A Long March 3B rocket failed during the launch of an Indonesian communications satellite, leading to sightings of fiery debris in the skies over Guam.

According to Xinhua’s report, the rocket worked in normal conditions in the first-stage and second-stage. However, malfunction happened in the third-stage.

“Debris of the third-stage rocket and satellite had fallen, and the launch mission suffered a failure, according to the monitoring data. Investigations into the malfunction and following up works are underway,” Xinhua reported.

According The Jakarta Post, the satellite – built by China Great Wall Industry Corporation – was owned by satellite communications provider Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), telecommunication service provider Indosat Ooredoo and telecommunications company Pintar Nusantara Sejahtera (PNS).

The satellite was designed to provide broadband internet access and high-quality broadcasting services.