XICHANG, April 9 (Xinhua) -- China's launch mission on the Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying a communication satellite of Indonesia, Palapa-N1, suffered a failure Thursday.
The rocket blasted off at 7:46 p.m. Beijing Time from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The rocket worked in normal conditions in the first-stage and second-stage. And abnormal conditions happened in the third-stage.
Debris of the third-stage rocket and satellite had fallen, and the launch mission suffered a failure, according to the monitoring data.
Investigations into the malfunction and following up works are underway. ■