This is the first flight of the Long March 7A which is a new configuration of the Long March 7 launch vehicle. The difference is that 7A variant includes an additional third stage, allowing the rocket to perform GTO launches. This is also the first mission out of Wenchang cosmodrome in 2020.
The launch of a Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket carrying a Chinese new-generation spacecraft is going ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak.
China suffered a launch failure on the first flight of the new version of the Long March-7, the Long March-7A launch vehicle on Monday. Launch from the Wenchang Space Launch Center took place at 13:34 UTC from the LC201 Launch Complex. ...
China's attempt to launch the first Long March 7A rocket ended in failure Monday, resulting in a classified satellite failing to enter geosynchronous transfer orbit.
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.INFO WIKI