Some impressive footage from the first leg returns of today’s Long March 4B. // Long https: //t.co/9oRPoR0ZdF pic.twitter.com/SEl7t1u5xJSeptember 7, 2020
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket successfully launched a new Earth-viewing satellite on Monday (7 September), but the first phase of the booster cost less than a school when it fell back to Earth, witness video Show
The Long March 4B rocket was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China at 1:57 pm local time (1:57 pm EDT, 0557 GMT). It carried the powerful Goffan 11 (02) Earth observation satellite, an optical Observation satellite Able to return high resolution images that are smaller than 3 feet (1 m).
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According to Chinese media, the data returned by the Goffan satellite will be used primarily for land surveying, city planning, land rights confirmation, road network design, crop yield estimation and disaster prevention and mitigation.
Gaofen 11 (02) will also provide information support for belt and road construction, According to Xinhua. It will join Gaofen and a large suite of other Earth-observation satellites as part. China High-Resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS)
Some details of the satellite were provided. Footage of The first Goffon 11 launched in 2018 The signal was a satellite A large aperture telescope for Earth observation.
Posted on amateur footage Chinese social media site Weibo Apparently after the launch, the first phase of Long March 4B falls to Earth and explodes in a cloud of orange smoke. The footage was captured near Gouao Town, Leilong Village in Lyonan County, Shanxi Province. According to its author.
A piece of footage appears to be taken from a school yard with sounds of children audible and a heap of smoke visible from afar.
The Long March 4B first stage uses a mixture of toxic hydrangein and nitrogen tetroxide for propellant. Either contact can bring serious effects on health.
China has three space launch sites with locations chosen to provide security during the Cold War. A new coastal launch site in Wenchang is limited to launching new Long March 5 and 7 rockets.
Debris often appears in rockets launched from Xichang. Inhabited areas. Areas with potential hazard counts have been warned and evacuated prior to launch. Monday’s incident shows that less precautions were taken, although the emergence of footage also suggests that locals may have been anticipating the activity.
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) developed and built the Gaofen 11 (02) satellite. The Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), one of the premier institutes under CASC, built the two-stage Long March 4B rocket. The corporation’s main rocket-manufacturing facilities are in Beijing and Shanghai.
Today was China’s 25th in 2020, including a test flight. Long march 5b For the launch of space-station missions and Tianwen -1The country’s first independent inter-mission mission. Three of the 25 launches ended in failure.
China’s main state-owned space contractor said that in January it would target about 40 launches in 2020, with commercial launch service providers completing their own missions.
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