On July 2, 2017, China’s second Long March 5 rocket, carrying an experimental communications satellite, failed after it took off. This was the last test of the Long March 5 rocket before being used to launch the Chang’e 5 Lunar Probe later this year.
China had another satellite launch failure on June 19.
Sina republished an article analyzing the quality problem that China’s aerospace industry is facing:
“The young people especially (in the aerospace industry) … fight each other. … They don’t feel any responsibility for their work and lack a rigorous attitude toward research. Their reports are full of mistakes. They don’t want to take on real work. They only prefer to direct others.”
“The quality of work has dropped dramatically. When similar experiments were done back in the 1980’s, they were reported clearly with thorough analyses. Now the reports have vaguely drawn conclusions and even the author is not sure if his test results are correct.”
“The whole society is like this.” “Good people are not rewarded and those who do nothing are not reprimanded, either.”
1. Sina, July 2, 2017
2. Sina, July 7, 2017