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Chinese-Brazilian satellite fails to enter orbit

Posted - Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:34 a.m.



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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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