The central stage of the Changzheng-5V rocket launcher will soon fall to Earth. But where exactly, unfortunately, it is not known exactly. The US Secretary of Defense indirectly accused China of criminal negligence.
However, the US Department of Defense does not intend to shoot down the facility. Lloyd Austin, its head, stated:
“We can do a lot, but we are not going to shoot her down now.”
Pentagon experts predict that the debris of the launch vehicle will reach the Earth’s surface on May 8 or 9. Criticizing China’s actions, Lloyd says:
“We hope they fall where they don’t harm anyone. I think this speaks to the fact that for those of us who operate in space, there is or should be a requirement to operate in a safe and thoughtful manner.”
The Changzhen 5B launch vehicle was launched by China on April 29 to deliver its first Heaven Harmony module to its future space station. Soon, Chinese experts discovered that the aircraft was “slowly” (more than four miles per second) moving towards the Earth, while uncontrollably. And if earlier it was planned that “Changzhen-5B” would descend to Earth in the designated area of the ocean, now the place of its landing is still unpredictable. Experts warn that the debris of the huge apparatus may well fall on densely populated areas.