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China celebrates safe landing of secretive spacecraft as ‘important breakthrough’

The Verge Monday, 7 September 2020
China celebrates safe landing of secretive spacecraft as ‘important breakthrough’The spacecraft was launched using a Chinese Long March 2F rocket, seen here in 2016 launching the Tiangong 2 space lab. | Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Chinese state media says the country has safely landed a reusable spacecraft which it claims will provide a “convenient and inexpensive” method of getting to and from space. The craft launched on September 4th and landed on September 6th after spending two days in orbit, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Very little is known about the spacecraft, including even its basic design. There are no picture or renders of the craft, but there have been rumors it is a spaceplane similar to the Air Force’s X-37B. A Chinese military source told the South China Morning Post they could not provide details on the mission but that “maybe you can take a look at the US X-37B.”

The X-37B is a spaceplane roughly a quarter the size of America’s...
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