Satellite launch fails in China

12/10/2013 | Spaceflight Now

An Earth observation satellite developed by China and Brazil failed to go into orbit after a launch from the Taiyuan space center in China. "There was a malfunction of the launch vehicle during flight, and consequently the satellite was not positioned in orbit. Preliminary evaluations suggest that the CBERS 3 has returned to the planet," said officials at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research. Engineers are looking into what may have caused the launch failure.

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