PARIS — China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. is likely to resume flights of its heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket this year, said Xing He, executive vice presidentof China Great Wall Industry Corp., a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.
“The exact cause of the failure has been pinpointed,” Xing said Sept. 10 at the World Satellite Business Week conference here. A launch date has not been selected but will “probably be in this year,” Xing said.
The second launch of China’s Long March 5 carrying Shijan-18, an experimental communications satellite, failed in July 2017. China’s State Administrator for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense attributed the failure to a turbopump in one of the YF-77 first-stage engines.
If China does conduct a Long March 5 launch in 2019, it likely will be late in the year. First the rocket would travel to the launch site via cargo ships, a process that takes roughly two weeks. During the two previous Long March 5 missions, preparations at the launch site took another couple months.
China’s space industry has conducted 13 launches in 2019, compared with a record-setting 38 launches in 2018, Xing said.
In addition to launching large ...