[Epoch Times, September 16, 2022](Epoch Times reporter Xia Yu comprehensive report) The CCP launched the Long March 7A (CZ-7A) rocket on Tuesday (September 13), and the wreckage of the runaway rocket was about to fall back to Earth. Two potential “landing zones” have been identified near populated areas in the Philippines. Philippine authorities sounded the alarm over the landing of rocket debris.
Authorities in the Philippines warned that debris from the falling rocket could be dangerous to ships and planes, reminding the public to remain vigilant.
The Chinese Communist Party launched a Long March 7A rocket from Wenchang Cosmodrome on Hainan Island late Tuesday, which put a satellite into orbit, according to the state-run Global Times.
The Philippine Space Agency issued a rocket debris notice on September 13, saying that the debris was a Long March 7A rocket launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center that day.
Typically, rockets are designed for a controlled descent after releasing a payload into orbit, burning up in the atmosphere above a predetermined area of Earth, such as an uninhabited ocean.
After the 200-foot-long Long March 7A satellite sent the satellite into orbit, debris still hovered above Earth, and it was unclear when and where it would re-enter the atmosphere.
The Philippine Space Agency said the agency has been closely monitoring rocket debris and has determined that the space junk may have fallen about 71 kilometers (44 miles) from the city of Burgos in the Philippines, or about 52 kilometers away from Santa Ana. Kilometers (32 miles) of another place to fall.
“While debris from CZ-7A is unlikely to land on land or inhabited areas of Philippine territory, falling debris still poses a considerable threat to ships, aircraft, fishing vessels and other vessels that will pass through the fall zone,” the space agency said. added.
The agency called on the public to immediately notify local authorities of suspicious debris at sea and warned people not to retrieve or come into close contact with space rocket material.
Philippine Space Agency spokeswoman Tricia Zafra said Thursday that no debris has been seen so far and there are no reports of injuries or damage.
“We continue to look for reports,” Zafra said, “hopefully no harm or damage related to this.”
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines also warned pilots on Wednesday of the potential danger posed by debris in two offshore areas in the northern Philippines.
On July 30, the 22.5-metric-ton core stage of a Chinese Long March 5B rocket landed in Philippine waters, while debris was also found around Malaysia.
In July, fishermen in the West Philippine Sea found a torn metal plate about 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the town of Mamburao in the western province of Mindoro, the Philippine Space Agency said. A part of the Chinese Communist Party’s five-star flag and the logo of the Long March 5B rocket.
Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell tweeted at the time that there were no reported casualties, but the debris did end up near the village, and if it was misplaced by a few hundred meters, the end result “could be different.” one thing”.
China has been criticized at least twice for allowing debris from its space rockets to fall uncontrolled to Earth.
Last year, NASA accused Beijing of “failed to meet responsible standards for its space debris” after part of a Chinese rocket landed in the Indian Ocean.
China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 2016 after Beijing confirmed it had lost control of the facility. In May 2020, an 18-ton rocket also crashed out of control to Earth.
In 2007, China launched a missile that destroyed a defunct weather satellite, creating debris in space and sparking a storm of criticism from other governments, who said such actions could endanger other satellites.
Responsible editor: Li Yuan#