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China launches remote sensing satellite

China today successfully launched a remote sensing satellite, its Long March 2D rocket lifting off from its Jiuquan spaceport in northwest China. Video of the launch can be found here.

No word on where the rocket’s lower stages, using toxic hypergolic fuels, crashed inside China.

The leaders in the 2024 launch race:

39 SpaceX
15 China
6 Russia
4 Rocket Lab

American private enterprise still leads the rest of the world combined 45 to 27, while SpaceX by itself still leads the rest of the world, including other American companies, 39 to 33.

To my readers: Posting will be unpredictable for the next few days, as yesterday during a hike I fell, smashing my nose and cracking a rib. The nose is now pretty much fine, though it took a while for the bleeding to stop, but the rib makes doing almost anything somewhat painful. I shall see how the day goes.

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  • JoeF

    Holy smokes! Sorry to hear about your injuries. I hope (and am sure all your loyal readers hope) you feel better soon.

  • Robert Pratt

    Ouch! Get well quickly.

  • sippin_bourbon

    I pray you heal quick, and that the pain subsides.

  • I was wondering when you were going to put up a hiking/caving post, but not like that. Hopefully, that wasn’t the only memorable moment on the excursion.

  • Blair Ivey: I have retired from caving, partly due to age but mostly due to a lack of interest of doing anything with anyone involved. Remember, that crowd blackballed me illegally and with great vindictiveness when I refused to stop caving during the COVID panic.

  • MDN

    Bob: Sorry to hear about your accident and hope you mend soon. Too bad Apollo wasn’t followed directly by Starship 50 years ago because then we’d be on Mars by now where hiking would not only be spectacular, but also enjoyed in just 1/3rd the gravity so climbing would be wayyyyy easier and the consequence of taking a spill a lot less painful! : )

    Get well.

  • Trent Castanaveras

    Yikes! Rest up and take it easy for a bit Mr. Z.

  • In prayerful agreement with sippin_bourbon. May God apply His grace upon you to relieve your pain and restore your health,

  • Edward

    I would lighten your mood with a joke, but laughing would hurt even more than breathing does, right now.

    Get well soon.

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