China Failed to Put Satellite into Orbit

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China has failed to put satellite into orbit resulting in the loss of the satellite.

A Long March 4C rocket blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi but failed to insert its payload, the Gaofen-10 satellite into its designated orbit.

The rocket was put into orbit the Gaofen satellite which is part of series designed to give China a global network of earth observation satellites with high-definition, all-weather, 24-hour intelligence gathering capabilities for military and civilian users by 2020.

This is first such failure since 2013.