Expert: Breakdown of China rocket can delay China lunar program

05.07.2017, Russia.

China plans to use the rocket Changzheng-5 to launch lunar probe Chang-5 and the breakdown that has happened, perhaps, will move away the launch, Alexander Zhleznyakov, academician of Russian Academy of Cosmonautics informed on July 3, commenting on the unsuccessful launch of China’s heavy-lift launch vehicle, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

According to expert, breakdown of Changzheng-5 will not influence China’s space program. This was just the second rocket launch at the stage of test launch and in such situations, it is possible to expect any emergency situations from the machines, the expert explained. However, the event will cause “shift on the right” in launch plan on using the Changzheng-5 launch vehicle. In future, China planned to use rocket Changzheng-5 (“Great travel-5”) to explore the Moon, Mars and to deploy China’s module orbital station Taigong-3 in space.

The launch of a launch vehicle Changzheng-5 held on July 2 at 7:23 p.m. local time. The spaceship was due to place in orbit the experimental 7-ton communications satellite Shijian-18. However, in 40 minutes after the launch, a message was received about unsuccessful launch. According to the Xinhua news agency, soon after the launch an emergency situation started to develop, which afterwards prevented from placing satellite in predicted orbit. Currently, the investigation is underway to determine what happeneed.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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