China’s New Space Plane

CHINA’S HYBRID SPACEPLANE COULD RESET THE 21ST CENTURY SPACE RACE

china-space-plane1IT TAKES OFF FROM A RUNWAY, FLIES AT HYPERSONIC SPEEDS, THEN ROCKETS INTO ORBIT

A high tech, more efficient successor to the retired US Space Shuttle, with hybrid combined cycle engines that can takeoff from an airport’s landing strip and fly straight into orbit.

Read the Popular Science article written by Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer.

Also read Wikipedia’s article on China’s TIANGONG-2 Space Station which launched recently on September 15th, 2016. If all goes well, its successor, Tiangong-3 will officially begin service just as the ISS International Space Station is scheduled to be retired.

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