First launch of China's Kuaizhou-11 carrier rocket fails

The first launch of Kuaizhou-11 (KZ-11) solid-fueled carrier rocket failed at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:17 p.m. on July 10.  

The specific reasons are now being further analyzed and investigated.  

Kuaizhou, which is Chinese for fast ship, is a low-cost solid-fueled carrier rocket with high reliability and a short preparation period.  

With a lift-off mass of 70.8 tonnes, the rocket was designed to launch low-Earth and Sun-synchronous orbit satellites. 

(Cover photo via CCTV)