An uncontrolled Chinese rocket forces the airspace in Catalonia to be closed for 40 minutes

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An uncontrolled Chinese rocket forces to close the air space in Catalonia for 40 minutes

Catalunya and other autonomous communities of the northern half of Spain have closed this Friday morning the air space < /strong>for the uncontrolled passage of a Chinese rocket, which has finally fallen in an area of ​​the South Pacific Ocean at 11:01 a.m., peninsular time. he is It is expected to fall in the Indian Ocean later today.  The national air navigation manager Enaire has followed the recommendations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) and has restricted all flights from Barcelona and Reus (Tarragona) airports from 9:38 a.m. and 10:18 a.m. The preventive closureIt has also affected the infrastructures of Ibiza, Aragón, and Navarra, La Rioja, and Castilla y León.

Air traffic has been restored at the scheduled time, but the effects will continue at large airports throughout the day in the form of delays of flights. China launched this Monday the fourth and last rocket Long March 5B (CZ-5B) since the Wenchang Space Launch Center, in Hainan. Like the other three, this Friday it has rushed uncontrollably towards Earth. This is surprising, but common, since there is no law or treaty that governs how spacecraft have to re-enter the atmosphere. In fact, it is not the first time that the world has held its breath due to the uncontrolled fall of a space rocket.

An uncontrolled Chinese rocket forces to close the air space in Catalonia for 40 minutes

Final destination: Indian Ocean

The area affected by the trajectory of the rocket has involved much of the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula, from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Along these lines, the Lisbon airport has also temporarily ceased operations as a preventive measure. “The uncontrolled entry into the atmosphere of the Chinese space object has been monitored at all times by different national and international organizations and institutions,” Enaire, the national manager, has specified. > air navigation.

As it already happened at the end of last July, now the rocket has to re-enter the terrestrial atmosphere. It was scheduled to do so this weekend, specifically at 4:17 a.m. peninsular time on Saturday, according to calculations provided by The Aerospace Corporation >. However, the latest predictions anticipate the impact: finally it will be this Friday at 12:20 pm in Spain. The US entity, in addition, heals in health and gives a three-hour margin.

“It is still too early to determine a significant debris footprint,” states The Aerospace Corporation. What is already known for sure is where it will fall. Initially, the impact zone covered practically the entire planet, from southern Europeto Africa as a whole, passing through Australia and the entire American continent from North America to the south.

Chinese space station

These launches are part of the project to build the first Chinese space station, which will be located in China. finished before the end of the year and will be called Tiangong (Heavenly Palace, in Spanish). This rocket also had a specific mission: to send the laboratory module Mengtian to the small scientific city floating in space.

The docking was a success and the Mengtian, together with the central module Tianhe and another laboratory called Wentian, are already linked and the space station it has a letter T shape. Weighs 70 tonsand it is expected to operate for 15 years, orbiting about 400 kilometers from the earth's surface.

20 tons converted to scrap

The rocket was 17.8 meters long, had a diameter of 4.2 meters and weighed about 23, 3 tons at takeoff. The artifact will weigh 20 tons when it enters the atmosphere and will largely disintegrate. and it will become in space junk.

The trajectory will be erratic and chaotic, but the American space organization specifies that it will fall. somewhere in the Indian Ocean and that, therefore, there is no risk to the population. As on previous occasions, it is likely that the impact zone will not be known until minutes before re-entry into Earth.

Objects coming from space travel at speeds of up to 28,164 kilometers per hour, which means that an error of one hour in the re-entry time translates into an error of 28,164 km in the predicted location of the accident.

Fourth runaway rocket

This will be the second runaway rocket. the fourth time that a Long March 5B rocket will enter the United States. on Earth in an uncontrolled way. On all three previous occasions, debris fell onto an inhabited areaalong the west coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives, and in northern Borneo. Fortunately, no one turned out. wounded or killed.

Only space station?

By 2030, China's space station is likely to become the only space station on Earth. n space of the world if the International Space Station it is dismantled, as it is. provided. That year will cease your operations and you will have A dramatic finale: the large space module, which has been in low orbit since 1998, will fall into space. It will go to the Pacific Ocean and it will go away. to the bottom of the sea in early 2031.

In recent years, the Chinese space program has achieved mixed successes. In 2018 he landed on the moon. a probe, the Chang'e 4, on the far side of the Moon for the first time in history. Since then, he set out to conquer the Moon. In September, China discovered a new lunar mineral.

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