Long March 4C successfully launches Yaogan 27 reconnaissance satellite but engine falls on villager’s roof

by | Aug 29, 2015 | China, Launches, Seradata News | 0 comments

At 0231 GMT on 27 August a Long March 4C (CZ-4C) rocket launched the Yaogan 27 satellite from the Taiyuan launch site in China. The satellite is officially described as being for “scientific experiments, land survey, crop yield assessment, and disaster monitoring” but is thought by Western analysts to be an electro-optical reconnaissance satellite in these same class as those already launched in the Phoenix Eye 2/Jian bing-9 series including Yaogan 8, Yaogan 15, Yaogan 19 and Yaogan 22.  The satellite was launched into a 1,200km sun-synchronous low Earth orbit at an inclination of 100 degrees relative to the equatorial plane.

Damage caused by Long March 4C rocket engine to villager's house.  Courtesy: People's Daily via Daily Mail

Damage caused by Long March 4C rocket engine to villager’s house. Courtesy: People’s Daily via Daily Mail

While the launch was successful, a rocket nozzle/engine from the three stage Long March 4C rocket landed on a Chinese villager’s house down range from the launch site causing roof damage and damage to the interior. No human injuries were incurred.

Villager surveys the fallen Long March 4C rocket engine. Courtesy: People's Daily via Daily Mail

Villager surveys the fallen Long March 4C rocket engine. Courtesy: People’s Daily via Daily Mail

More details are here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3214431/Houston-problem-Villager-cheats-death-ROCKET-propeller-falls-sky-smashes-house.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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