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.

NOTES

[1] Space News

Did you miss this?

Other Popular Stories

  • Siemens Canada announces order for 270-MW wind project in Ontario
  • Manufacturing sector growth slower in May
  • Green building booming but Canadian companies lag in R&D
  • Cascade Aerospace named a Hercules heavy maintenance centre
  • Deep Roads — researchers propose taking road expansion underground to reduce congestion and pollution
  • Manufacturing index rises, conditions "robust" in October: RBC
  • Little support in auto industry for Canada/Korea free trade deal
  • As the Tesla Model 3 enters production, oil companies revise estimates of EVs on the road upwards to 530 million by 2040
  • 3D printed homes in 24 Hours — printed on site: printed villas, offices and floating saunas?
  • Building permits up in June, non-residential construction leading
  • New national aerospace consortium to foster leadership in technology
  • "Fireworks" in Canada's economy as GDP rises 2.3 per cent in January
  • Manufacturing sales up slightly in July, Q3 forecast to be stronger
  • Strong manufacturing helped grow economy in January
  • SAFFir is an autonomous robot firefighter being tested by the Navy for dangerous situations. Unlike other firefighting robots, SAFFir is both autonomous, and stands on two legs, with two hands to grasp fire hoses.
    Robots save lives: robot fire-fighters take on explosive situations. SAFFiR shows how they can be ultimately be autonomous.
  • Andritz to manufacture stator coils for NA hydropower market in Peterborough
  • BC, Ontario economies to lead country into 2017
  • Renewable energy advocates optimistic, but political will is lacking
  • FCA 2020 in Canada: Chrysler 300 to be eliminated; Pacifica to be refreshed; new electric minivan “Portal” to go into production
  • Auto Industry Expected to Meet 2025 Standards
Scroll to Top