China launches reusable spacecraft: techno Thomas

CHINA successfully launched “reusable experimental spacecraft”. Space industry observers say the aircraft is a kind of unmanned spacecraft similar to the X-37B operated by the United States Air Force and the Space Force in recent years.

Launch from Cnet, Saturday (05/09/2020), brief statement from the news agency Xinhua announced the launch of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on September 4.

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After a period of orbital operations, the spacecraft will return to its scheduled landing site in China.

They will test the reusable technology during the flight, providing technological support for the peaceful use of space.

So far, no images of the spacecraft or launch have been released, due to the higher than normal security level and preventing images from appearing on social networks.

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So, according to astronomer Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, it makes people think it’s a military ship.

The American X-37B has been flying autonomously for two years. It is unclear how long this new Chinese spacecraft will remain in orbit.

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