China: Space rocket crashes in fiery explosion after launching accidentally

Source: NBC News

“Beijing Tianbing Technology said Sunday that the first stage of its Tianlong-3 rocket under development had detached from its launch pad during a test due to structural failure and landed in a hilly area of the city of Gongyi in central China. There were no reports of casualties after an initial investigation, Beijing Tianbing, also known as Space Pioneer, said in a statement on its official WeChat account. … The two-stage Tianlong-3 (‘Sky Dragon 3’) is a partly reusable rocket under development by Space Pioneer, one of a small group of private-sector rocket makers that have grown rapidly over the past five years.” (07/01/24)