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Upper stage malfunction leaves Chinese satellite in lower-than-planned orbit

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket takes off in this 2016 file photo. Credit: Xinhua News Agency

An upper stage malfunction has left a Chinese satellite in a lower-than-planned orbit after a launch Sunday.

The Long March 3B lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 12:12 p.m. Eastern carrying the Chinasat-9A satellite.

It was not until early Monday, though, that Chinese officials announced that the third stage of the rocket malfunctioned, leaving the satellite in a lower orbit than planned.

Officials did not provide additional details about the satellite’s orbit, but did state that the satellite had deployed its solar panels and was functioning normally.

The satellite carries a Ku-band payload and was planned to operate from 92 degrees east in GEO. [gbtimes]


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