China successfully launches a pilot reusable spacecraft, state media report

  China successfully launches a pilot reusable spacecraft, state media report

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China successfully launches a pilot reusable spacecraft, state media report

(Reuters) - China successfully launched a pilot reusable spacecraft with its Long March-2F carrier rocket on Friday, state media CCTV reported.

The unidentified spacecraft, which was launched from China s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, will return to a planned landing site after operating in the orbit for some time to provide technical validations for reuses, CCTV said.

China said it made a big step towards developing reusable space transportation technology as it launched a spacecraft which returned to Earth on the same day after flying to the edge of the atmosphere in July. read more