UPDATED: Chinese Rocket that Delivered Military Spy Satellites Breaks Up Over Texas

March 10, 2023

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Space Command and additional information on the path of the debris. The second stage of a Chinese rocket that delivered a trio of military surveillance satellites in June disintegrated over Texas on Wednesday, USNI News has learned. Military officials have yet to find any debris from the rocket stage, however USNI News understands the debris field could be miles wide and several hundred miles long. China has been criticized for space debris entering the atmosphere unpredictably causing a hazard to population centers. The rocket, designated Y-64, successfully took off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on June 23 in central China and successfully deployed the spy satellites.