Long March 3B rocket launch destroys home as lower rocket booster crashes during launch

Although the Chinese rocket Long March 3B successfully launched two satellites into medium orbit around the Earth, the launch left a trail of destruction in its wake as the lower rocket boosters crashed into a house. Although there were no official reports — yet — the destruction was documented on Twitter in video, showing the obliterated home.


Screengrab of video on Twitter proporting to show the crashed booster from Long March rocket. According to Twitter reports, the yellow smoke is toxic hypergolic propellant smoke.


Visible in the video is toxic hypergolic propellant smoke.


The rocket Long March 3B lifted off from Xichang Satelllite Launch Center 7:55pm Friday Nov 22. The upper stage delivered two Beidou satellites into orbit, at an altitude of 21,800 kilometres and “inclined by 55 degrees by Space-track.” [1]


Long March 3B launch from Xichang Nov 22, 2019.


Although hailed as the 28th successful orbital attempt for 2019, the earth-side destruction drew the most attention. The rocket has four side boosters which use a highly toxic hypergolic propellant — a combination of nitrogen tetroxide and hydrazine. Not surprisingly, so far there are no official news reports on the accident.


Destroyed home — aftermath of a launch of the Long March 3B rocket.


A previous launch destroyed a village

This is not the first accident. The first Long March 3B launch went out of control after launch, and engulfed a village in a fireball.

The Beidou satellites program are used in the Chinese GPS system, which is a national priority.


[1] Space News

Did you miss this?

Other Popular Stories

  • Fuel cell market will double in five years: report
  • Ontario responds to lower business taxes in the U.S. with "tax relief" for manufacturers
  • Modest improvement in manufacturing sector continued in July: RBC
  • Study of Ontario power needs finds nuclear is best option
  • REE and American Axle & Manufacturing to co-develop new electric propulsion system for e-Mobility
  • Wasted mechanical energy could solve world's energy needs
  • Renewable energy advocates optimistic, but political will is lacking
  • CSeries on track for 300 orders: Bombardier
  • Ford hiring 1,000 at Oakville assembly plant
  • Oilsands companies hope to innovate cleaner, more profitable future
  • Singapore scientists invent bendable concrete for low-maintenance roads
  • Scientists control superconductivity using spin currents
  • Ontario space firm wins $65 million satellite contract
  • Contractors, steel workers unions support Northern Gateway pipeline
  • Canada Goose expanding workforce, launching global ad campaign
  • Skills gap costing economy billions; Ontario students ill-prepared for workplace: report
  • The advantages of laser welding: automation, quality, no tool wear
  • Will Ukraine be Canada's next big oil market?
  • SpaceX launches Immarsat 5 F4: continuing the Elon Musk tradition of innovation with commercial payback
  • Worker mobility key to construction's labour shortage
Scroll to Top