France and Spain close part of their airspace before a Chinese rocket lands

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has announced that part of the French airspace south of Corsica will be closed this Friday, November 4, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Debris from a Chinese Long March-5B rocket re-entered the atmosphereLaunched on October 31.

The rocket’s core weighs 20 tons, but atmospheric friction during its re-entry contributed greatly to its disintegration. Predictions of its re-entry path into the atmosphere have been published in recent hours.

“France has decided to close its airspace south of Corsica from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as space debris from a Chinese rocket re-enters Earth’s atmosphere.”, told DGAC. Airspace has reopened, but potential delays are expected, he warns.

Part of Spain was paralyzed

Spain, which is in the estimated path of the debris, has also closed airspace in the northern part of the country. As a precaution, Barcelona, ​​Tarragona, Ibiza and Reus airports have been shut down. Country .

“In the interest of aviation safety, it is imperative that all pilots/crew members report any falling space debris”, announced EUSST, the European Monitoring and Surveillance Service. Debris from the rocket finally fell into the Pacific Ocean at 11:01 a.m., the US Space Command said in a tweet.

On October 31, China launched the last module of its space station using its Long March-5B Y4 rocket. Finally, after eleven missions, it will help the country maintain a long-term human presence in space.

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