What Happens with Spent Chinese Rocket Boosters

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The Chinese say that they want to develop rockets that they can land and re-fly, Falcon 9 style, but that's years off.

Until then, given that 3 of 4 Chinese launch sites are in the interior of highly populated areas (most of China is highly populated), you get this:  

https://twitter.com/AJ_FI/status/1123164550545723392

China Aerospace Science and Technology Group, who launched the rocket in the little video, says: "The launch of the Tianji No.2 satellite is the first mission of Changsiyi B in 2019... Last year, the Chang 4 B rocket and the the Chang 4 C rocket both carried out 6 launch missions. The total number of missions of the two rockets will be increased to about 10 this year."

I bet the people downrange will be overjoyed to learn that one of these flying bombs will be coming down on their heads like a WWII German V-2 about once a month. But this is relatively poor interior China with is considered kind of expendable in China's ascent to challenge the US. Besides, if any of the locals complain too much, they might be introduced to a labor camp.

This is why the US launches over the ocean. Russia is launches over land, but it's sparsely populated areas in Siberia (or Kazakhstan, which is pretty empty too). China launches over densely populated areas.


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(May 1, 2019 05:07 AM)Yazata Wrote: . . . Until then, given that 3 of 4 Chinese launch sites are in the interior of highly populated areas (most of China is highly populated), you get this:  https://twitter.com/AJ_FI/status/1123164550545723392

[added] "Ugh. Here's the latest edition of toxic hydrazine rocket stages falling on inhabited areas following a Chinese orbital launch."

[...] I bet the people downrange will be overjoyed to learn that one of these flying bombs will be coming down on their heads like a WWII German V-2 about once a month. But this is relatively poor interior China with is considered kind of expendable in China's ascent to challenge the US. Besides, if any of the locals complain too much, they might be introduced to a labor camp.

This is why the US launches over the ocean. Russia is launches over land, but it's sparsely populated areas in Siberia (or Kazakhstan, which is pretty empty too). China launches over densely populated areas.


Yep, that's the "nice" thing about an irreligious land sporting state atheism and a scientism outlook. At least in the context of not having to waste extra time and resources on citizen welfare, safety setbacks, overly refined rights and social justice concerns (especially with regard to those flyover hillbilly zones).

Nothing sacred, special, and mysterious about a human individual -- such is just a bundle of biological clockwork. Add the heavily surplus population and that makes those bipedal, Newtonian machines indeed all the more expendable (when necessary). In the name of technological progress and speedier global furthering of Sino empowerment.
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More on what rains down from the sky in rural China:

https://twitter.com/LaunchStuff/status/1...3383718912

This twitter page, from Estonia I believe, has lots of photos and information on Chinese boosters that came down not only on rural Chinese towns and villages, but on Thailand and Cambodia besides. On account of the sharp edges of torn pieces of metal, they call it "razor rain". Very deadly. I don't know about casualties, I'm sure that inside China the Chinese government censors anything about that.

It appears that local Chinese put these photos on weibo, a very popular (in China) Chinese knockoff of twitter, this Estonian guy downloads them to his computer, so when the Chinese posts are quickly taken down, he still has them and posts them on his twitter page.

Edit: The photo I linked to this morning on weibo is now deleted. The one below is from Launchstuff.

https://twitter.com/LaunchStuff


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The far left seems to have contempt for flyover country wherever it's located. China does warn residents in the potential drop zones and issues safety instructions. But since their space agency launches will be accelerating in number for some time, the communist blitz on their own hillbilly proletariat will continue. Time for the latter to be building bunkers for the long haul. It's all for the good of the state, especially coastal metropolitan areas and provinces that matter. Make the sacrifice, yokels.
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