China’s Mysterious Reusable Spacecraft Returned to Earth
In the past weeks, it was announced that China’s mysterious reusable spacecraft was sent into orbit. According to reports, the vehicle has returned to the world.
In recent years, the interest of countries has once again turned to space. China, which wants to be one of the important powers in space, continues to work very hard to close the gap with the USA and Russia in this field.
Last weekend came the news that a mysterious spacecraft from China was sent into orbit, and later it was revealed that this vehicle belonged to the reusable spacecraft, which is part of the country’s space aviation research. Having spent two days in orbit, the vehicle returned to Earth.
It was launched on September 4
The spacecraft was launched on Friday, September 4. China’s state-controlled news agency, Xinhua, announced that the vehicle landed on September 6. Although it was confirmed that the reusable rocket was safely landed, there was no explanation from the Chinese authorities regarding the exact mission it was launched.
Rumor has it that this launch was a test of China’s longstanding efforts to create and use a reusable rocket. According to reports, the vehicle can at least meet expectations in terms of going into orbit and returning firmly.
The vehicle completed its planned landing after the planned 2-day orbital journey. While Xinhua reported the landing, it was not specified exactly where the vehicle landed. The takeoff was carried out by a modified Long March-2F rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in North China.
“Space plane” may be real
The tool used by China in the tests was named Spacecraft. Experts, on the other hand, do not lean towards describing a vehicle that does not have wings and can travel in orbit as an aircraft. Of course, this name may stem from China’s idea of using the vehicle as a tourist attraction.
The reusable spacecraft will at some point become like SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and other organizations’ reusable spaceships. In the past, the USA had sent a similar vehicle into orbit for more than a year.