Beidou Satellite Launch: China Rocket Debris Crashes to Earth

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The latest Beidou satellite launch, occurred on December 25, 10:26 p.m. EST, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province.

China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully sent two satellites into orbit. However, the event ended when rocket debris fell near inhabited areas.

This incident adds to previous reports of booster-related incidents associated with Beidou satellite launches.

A bystander captured video of the fiery crash and shared the footage on X.

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Beidou Satellite Launch History

The latest satellite launch occurred on December 25.

 While the satellites reached their intended medium Earth orbit (MEO), the side boosters of the Long March 3B rocket fell back to Earth, landing in South China’s Guangxi region.