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Chinese-Brazilian satellite fails to enter orbit

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 12:12pm
The Associated Press

The Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-3 lunar probe is prepared for launch at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang in southwest China's Sichuan province on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. China will the launch Chang'e-3 lunar probe in the early hours of Monday Dec. 2, 2013, that will send the country's first lunar lander and rover named "Jade Rabbit" onto the moon according to state media. (AP Photo)BEIJING (AP) — A satellite jointly developed by China and Brazil failed to enter orbit after the rocket carrying it malfunctioned after launch on Monday, state media reported.

The high-resolution remote-sensing Ziyuan I-03 satellite was launched aboard a Chinese Long March 4B rocket in northern Shanxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Citing unidentified military sources, Xinhua said Chinese and Brazilian experts were analyzing the cause of the malfunction.

China has a range of Long March rockets for use in commercial launches.

Earlier this year, a Chinese space program official said the country was looking to increase its share of the global commercial satellite launching business from 3 percent to 15 percent by 2020.

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