China's space programme suffered a setback with the failure of a Long March 7A (CZ-7A) launch vehicle that lifted off from the Wenchang space launch centre on the southern island of Hainan on 16 March but failed to place its satellite payload into orbit. It was the first launch of the CZ-7A.
The CZ-7A is a development of the CZ-7 and differs by the addition of a third stage. The CZ-7 itself is a new medium-lift space launch vehicle that had successful missions in June 2016 and April 2017, and is likely to be primarily used in support of China's Tiangong space station.
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