XICHANG, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian
communications satellite Palapa D failed to enter a preset orbit after
being launched at 5:28 p.m. Monday at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in
The satellite was launched atop a Chinese-made Long March 3B rocket.
The first and second stages of the rocket entered space normally, but the third stage failed during a second-time ignition. Experts are investigating.
The Palapa D satellite, owned by Indonesian satellite communications company Indosat, would have provided satellite links and broadcasting services for Indonesia and other southeastern Asian nations.
Indosat ordered the Palapa D satellite from the French company Thales Alenia Space in 2007.