China will crash another launch vehicle this weekend – weighing 22 tons and 33 meters long, it could cause massive damage on impact. Particularly explosive: Where and when the rocket actually hits is currently unclear. However, there are several metropolises on the route of “Long March 5B” – including New York, Barcelona or Istanbul as well as parts of southern Italy and China. The People’s Republic is endangering the lives of people.
The rocket started its flight into space last Sunday. She carried the “Wentian” module to the Chinese space station, which is under construction. There it was successfully coupled to the “Tianhe” module, which has been orbiting the earth since April 2021. This module was also brought into space by a “Long March 5B” and then crashed uncontrollably. The carrier rocket landed in the Indian Ocean at the time – now the Chinese have crashed a carrier rocket on earth for the third time in three years.
The space industry is on alert – after all, it’s not every day that a rocket like this falls to earth. The US Space Force’s Space Surveillance Network (SSN) keeps an eye on the Chinese space debris and provides data on the trajectory that is immediately evaluated. Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Orbital Reentry and Debris Studies (CORDS) analyzed the data and currently believes the Chinese rocket stage will reenter Earth’s atmosphere on between July 31 and August 1.