China launches Long March 3B orbital carrier rocket for communication satellites.



1996, February 14


The Long March 3B is an orbital carrier three-stage rocket with four strap-on liquid rocket boosters. It is launched from Launch Complex 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. The Long March 3B is mainly used to place communications satellites into geosynchronous orbits. During its maiden flight, the rocket suffered a guidance failure two seconds into the flight and pitched over, crashing into a village 22 seconds after launch. The Intelsat 708 satellite was lost and a number of villagers were killed. Following its maiden flight, the next ten LM-3B and LM-3B/E launch missions were successful.


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