China launches land exploration satellite

Pat Wise
January 14, 2018

There are no reports of injuries though locals, especially those who went to check out the remains of the booster, were at risk of being exposed to the toxic propellants used to fire the booster.

The satellite, which was launched from the Jiuquan Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, was carried aboard a Long March-2D rocket.

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket booster may have fallen from the sky and exploded near a town in southwest China today (Jan. 12) following a successful satellite launch, GBTimes reports. A local video posted to the ChinaSpaceflight Twitter account caught the whole fiery scene.

Since 1970, China has launched more than 100 satellites for weather and disaster monitoring, communications and navigation. As a result, American rockets fall into the ocean when they are spent, while Chinese rockets can fall on land, sometimes frightfully close to populated areas.

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It moves out of sight behind a building before a huge explosion appears.

"There are notices released for the drop zones, depending on what kind of launch and where it's going", Andrew Jones, a freelance journalist covering China's spaceflight program, told The Verge.

This is not the first time that China's inland launch complex has caused an incident.

As, China seems perfectly fine launching their rockets from inland launchpads, unlike the USA, meaning the rockets fly over and shed parts over land, leading to incidents like that on Friday.

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