With a few notable exceptions, Chinas’s ambitious space program was running exceptionally smoothly. During a recent launch, the program faced a critical obstacle. A new heavy-duty rocket called the Long March 5 Y2 failed in midair shortly after launch, stated the State Media. Xinhua reported “it would only say that an “anomaly” occurred and that an “investigation” will follow, but it’s apparently serious enough that the 5 Y2’s satellite-carrying mission had to be scrapped altogether.”
It might not pose any long-term setbacks but it can hinder the near term plans for the Chinese space program. Later this year the countries space program was supposed to send a probe to the moon. This moon mission might be halted if they have to conduct a thorough inspection of its rockets and fix any bugs. So the lunar plans may have to be delayed. Rival space programs will rejoice and hope to beat it to key space milestones. But this setback will sure hurt the country’s pride that is determined to reach the levels of space pioneers like the US and the Russian Federation.
China National Space Administration (CNSA)
The space program of the People’s Republic of China is directed by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). Its technological roots can be traced back to the late 1950s, when the People’s Republic began a ballistic missile program in response to perceived American and later, Soviet threats.