22 ton booster China’s Long March 5B launch vehicle fell near the island of Borneo. This is the third time in two years that China has allowed such a large rocket fragment to re-enter the atmosphere uncontrollably. spaceflightnow.
There were no reports of casualties or any damage caused by the fall of the booster.
The Long March 5B rocket launched on July 24 and launched a new Chinese space station module into orbit. It was one of the heaviest space cargoes to have been delivered into orbit in recent times.
The first stage of the rocket, 30 meters high, was launched by two engines that run on hydrogen fuel. The four attached boosters burned their fuel and, minutes after launch, detached and fell into the South China Sea. But the design of the Long March 5B, one of the most powerful rockets in the world, suggests that its first stage will go into orbit.
US Space Command confirmed that the booster fragment re-entered the planet’s atmosphere at 16:45 GMT on July 31. The Chinese Space Agency said in a statement that all of the surviving rocket debris fell into the Sulu Sea at about 9.1 degrees north latitude and 119 degrees east longitude.
Social media users posted messages with videos that were filmed during the entry of debris into the atmosphere. So, the video posted below was filmed on the island of Borneo.
meteor spotted in kuching! #jalanbako 31/7/2022 pic.twitter.com/ff8b2zI2sw
— Nazri sulaiman (@nazriacai) July 30, 2022
There were no reports of any damage caused by the impact of the rocket. However, the case has again raised concerns about China’s use of rockets whose first stages return to Earth uncontrollably, and its neglect of space debris.