China takes a step towards developing space plane with test flight hailed as symbol of country’s rise as a ‘space superpower’

China has successfully tested an experimental spacecraft that state media has hailed “an important symbol of China’s rise from a space power to a space superpower”.The vessel was described by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) as laying “a solid foundation for the development of China’s reusable space transportation technology between earth and space” – in other words laying a foundation for the development of a reusable hypersonic space plane.The CASC announced its…


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