The launch of the second SQX-1 commercial carrier rocket, scheduled on Monday was unsuccessful.
The rocket is developed by a Chinese private space company.
The abnormal performance was detected during the flight of the rocket, which lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 4:15 p.m. (Beijing Time), Xinhua reported.
The cause of the failure is yet to be ascertained, the launch center said in a statement.
In December last year, China launched a new remote sensing satellite that will be used for scientific experiments.
The satellite, Yaogan-33, was launched aboard a Long March-4C rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully.
It was the 357th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.
The mission also sent a micro and nanotechnology experiment satellite into orbit.