The launch of a Chinese satellite has failed

1 September was a black day for the rocket. First on the launch pad exploded American Falcon 9 rocket, and then ended in failure, and the launch of a Chinese satellite Gaofen-10 for Earth observation.

It is known that the launch took place at night and the wreckage of the first stage fell on land within the planned district, but no official announcement on the successful conclusion of the spacecraft into orbit and not followed. And usually it’s about 40 minutes after launch.

In addition, the U.S. joint space operations center did not record the appearance of new objects in orbit. Also, there are reports that in China conducted searches not only the wreckage of the rocket, and satellite. So most likely, something happened in the area after separation of the first stage.

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The explosion of the Falcon 9 occurred during fueling of the rocket three minutes before a test burn of the engines. The epicenter was in the district of tank with liquid oxygen. For SpaceX, and indeed for the satellite industry, it is certainly a big blow. The company held this year for eight successful launches and had to run to the end of the year another nine rockets — actually, that’s one every two weeks. Six of these runs was to take place from launch pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg air force base. It’s clear that this entire chart will be thoroughly reviewed. At least until then, until the cause of the explosion.

If the rocket long March 4C has indeed failed, it can affect the Chinese manned program. This month China planned to launch the space station Tiangong-2. But now the start may be postponed at the time of identifying the causes of the accident, as the long March 2F, which is planned to run the station, has much in common with the Great campaign-4C.

The explosion of the Falcon 9 occurred during fueling of the rocket three minutes before a test burn of the engines. The epicenter was in the district of tank with liquid oxygen. For SpaceX, and indeed for the satellite industry, it is certainly a big blow.

The company held this year for eight successful launches and had to run to the end of the year another nine rockets — actually, that’s one every two weeks. Six of these runs was to take place from launch pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg air force base. It’s clear that this entire chart will be thoroughly reviewed. At least until then, until the cause of the explosion.