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Long March 4C launches Earth observation satellite

China today used its Long March 4C rocket to launch a new Earth observation satellite into orbit.

No word on whether the first stage had parachutes or grid fins to control is crash landing in the Chinese interior.

The 2022 launch race:

3 SpaceX
2 China
1 Virgin Orbit

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  • Joe

    So far this number of launches makes for a great start to the 2022 launch year. Two more launches planned this week as well. Love it.

  • BtB’s Original Mark

    The Chinese Olympic Games are upcoming, so each Chinese launch is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of a CCP led China.

    I ask all BehindTheBlackers to consider Boycotting watching the Olympics, and to explain to family and friends why you are personally doing that. Reasons can include the Chinese malfeasance of the Wuhan Lab leak, the Internments and Repression of Uyghurs, and to show the CCP that Americans will not ignore that they having been waging low level war against us.

    Also please consider clicking on the below link and making a stand with Petitions and Emails to your political representatives:

    For more information on the conventional, ideological, and existential threats emanating from the CCP, check out the website of the Committee on the Present Danger: China.

    In addition, we can slow financial flows to China by supporting those politicians that support economic decoupling. Here is an op-Ed by Senate candidate David McCormick:

    I hope you’ll join me in all of the above.

  • Jay

    BtB’s Original Mark,
    I agree with you. Of course I always boycott the games due to NBC’s terrible coverage.

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