Minister: Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation sent team to investigate rocket fragments in Sarawaki

Minister: Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation sent team to investigate rocket fragments in Sarawaki

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba speaks during the Parliament session at Dewan Rakyat on July 27, 2022. – Bernama pic

Monday, August 01, 2022 7:12 pm MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 – The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) has sent a special team to study the report of Pecan Sepupok Lama, a resident in Niya, Sarawak, on debris found in the area, said its minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Adam baba.

This was followed by the discovery of a fragment from the re-entry wreckage of the Long March 5B, which was detected at 12.55 hrs (31 July) around the Sulu Sea.

He said the team, comprising the Space Division, the Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA) and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), would collaborate with the Miri District Police Headquarters to investigate on the report.

“As of now, AELB and Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) team has gone to the location to inspect the object.

“The MYSA team and space division will follow up on confirmation. The ministry will report on the discovery soon,” he told reporters after signing a memorandum of understanding between Graphjet Technology Sdn Bhd with Toyoda Trike Corporation and Asia Development Capital Ltd.

MYSA Director General Azlikamil Napia was also present who explained that the fragment is a component of the carrier rocket Long March 5B launched in China on 24 July.

“… so when the module is released into space, the remnant component will orbit and fall back to Earth, disintegrating and entering the atmosphere in fragments as it crosses the country’s airspace,” he said.

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Adham advised the people to remain calm and not get anxious during the investigation and also not to go near the object place.

Yesterday, a video recording of suspected rocket wreckage in Kuching Sarawak went viral on social media.

MYSA was reported as saying that pieces of the rocket would burn up before Earth could enter space.

According to the agency, the fragment also crossed the country’s airspace and was found in several areas, including Sarawak airspace. – burnma

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