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China’s Long March 2C rocket launches two Earth observation satellites

China yesterday successfully launched two Earth observation satellites using its Long March 2C rocket.

Since these were launched from one of China’s interior spaceports, the rocket’s first stage fell somewhere in China. No word if it used parachutes or grid fins to control that landing. Also, weather yesterday forced the scrub of a launch of China’s Long March 11 solid rocket from a sea-based launch platform. That launch has been rescheduled for tomorrow.

The leaders in the 2022 launch race:

16 SpaceX
12 China
5 Russia
2 Rocket Lab.

The U.S. presently leads China 23 to 12 in the national rankings. Since there are two U.S. launches scheduled for later today, as well as a Russian and Chinese launch pending, these numbers will change in the next 24 hours.

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  • Concerned

    I have one beef about referring to these rockets as “Long March”. Sure, it’s the name the native builders gave it, but our usage of it commemorates and dignifies a murderous rise to power of a regime with a long history of killing that continues to this day. It would be like the Germans building an orbital rocket and calling it Mein Kampf 1. NATO had a good convention of attaching code names to the scores of Soviet rockets built during the Cold War. One of my favorites was referring to the powerful nuclear SS-18 as the Satan missile. Given the Chicoms well-documented history of stealing our missile technology over the years, I suggest we stop referring to the Long March family, and start calling a member, for example, Shoplifter 11.

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