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    More speculation on China's space plane.

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/4/21...-rocket-launch

    Early this morning, China launched some kind of reusable spacecraft into space — possibly a spaceplane — a mysterious vehicle that is drawing comparisons to the US’s classified X-37B spaceplane currently in orbit around Earth. Similar to the X-37B, China’s spaceplane will remain in orbit “for a period of time” but the country claims that the vehicle is meant to further the “peaceful use of space.”

    It’s unclear exactly what the spacecraft looks like, as there aren’t any official renders or photos of the vehicle. However, rumors popped up earlier this year that a spaceplane mission might be happening sometime in 2020, according to Andrew Jones, a freelance reporter specializing in China’s space program. He notes that a spaceplane launch falls in line with China’s stated goals for space exploration. “China has been looking into a few different concepts for spaceplanes for quite a few years,” Jones tells The Verge. And in 2017, official state media said that China’s main space contractor was “working on some type of reusable experimental spacecraft which would be capable of landing horizontally,” he says.
    And from nasaspaceflight

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020...al-spaceplane/

    On December 11, 2007, the Chinese media published an interesting image of a winged spacecraft mounted on a wind of am H-6K bomber. This was the first public acknowledgment that China was trying to develop a reusable winged space system very similar to the X-37.

    Codenamed ‘Project 863-706’, the Shenlong Project had at the time its first launch scheduled between 2006 and 2010. In fact, Shenlong was possibly a technology development program for the actual space-worthy vehicle.
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    "Reusable spacecraft's successful 2-day mission proves vehicle convenient, affordable"

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/20200...eafc57bff.html

    China's reusable experimental spacecraft returned to its preset landing site on Sunday morning after a two-day in-orbit operation.

    According to Xinhua News Agency, the spacecraft's mission was completely successful and proved that the vehicle is able to carry out spaceflight in a convenient, affordable manner.

    The agency did not give details about the operation, such as how the spacecraft made the landing and the landing site.
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    "Chinese reusable experimental spacecraft releases object before returning to Earth"

    https://spacenews.com/chinese-reusab...ning-to-earth/

    A Chinese reusable experimental spacecraft released an unknown object before deorbiting Sunday, ending a secretive two-day mission in low Earth orbit.

    The spacecraft launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert Thursday atop a Long March 2F rocket. Airspace closure notices issued a day earlier provided the only clue to the timing and nature of the mission.

    Landing took place as scheduled Sunday according to a terse state media release. Neither images nor details of the ‘reusable experimental spacecraft’ were provided.

    “The successful flight marked the country’s important breakthrough in reusable spacecraft research and is expected to offer convenient and low-cost round trip transport for the peaceful use of the space,” Xinhua stated.
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    From experts who track space objects, the landing location was probably Taklamakan Desert.

    https://spacepolicyonline.com/news/c...ceplane-lands/

    Where and precisely when it landed is among the information excluded from Xinhua’s story, but experts who track space objects using the two-line orbital elements published by U.S. Space Force at space-track.org (@SpaceTrackOrg) or their own observations, have concluded it probably was Taklamakan Desert just before 02:00 UTC today, September 6 (10:00 pm September 5 Eastern Daylight Time).
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    "China pushes ahead with giant 13,000 satellite LEO constellation"

    https://spacewatch.global/2020/10/ch...constellation/

    China is pushing ahead with developing a giant Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation competing with SpaceX, Amazon and OneWeb, according to the Washington DC-based analyst Bhavya Lal and California State University’s Professor Larry Press.

    Press, professor of information systems at the California State University, mentioned a recent Chinese spectrum filing in a blog of the CircleID website. China “has filed a spectrum application with the International Telecommunication Union for two constellations with the cryptic names GW-A59 and GW-2” for a total of 12,992 satellites, Press said.

    “We heard about an announcement of a constellation with nearly 13,000 satellites,” Bhavya Lal said in SpaceWatchGlobal’s Space Café webtalk last week. Lal is a senior space policy analyst at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington DC and was in the lead for IDA’s recently published report “Evaluation of China’s Commercial Space Sector”.
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    "Chinese premier stresses meteorological satellite construction"

    http://en.people.cn/n3/2020/1011/c90000-9767918.html

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed speeding up efforts to build the country into a meteorological power and further enhance the capabilities for disaster prevention, reduction and relief.

    Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks in an instruction on the 50th anniversary of the cause of Fengyun meteorological satellites.

    Li extended in his instruction sincere regards to the meteorological and space workers.

    The Fengyun satellites are an important space infrastructure for China and a significant symbol of the modernization of the country's meteorology, Li said.
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    The Chinese space program has increased the tempo of its launches. It is launching at the rate of one every other week with some launches only 5 days apart.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/mili...pace-heres-why

    By the end of March, China’s satellite launch sites will have a mission almost every other week, with the shortest gap being only five days, according to Zhang Xueyu, the director of the Xichang launch centre.

    “This frequency is unprecedented and the operation will be constantly saturated, close to the limit of our capacity,” Zhang told government newspaper Science and Technology Daily.
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    "140+ launches in 5 years. What's next for China's space industry?"

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-10-2...eeA/index.html

    Major plans for China's future space activities involve more lunar and Mars missions, as well as new types of carrier rockets.

    China aims to become a leading space power in the world by 2045, according to a route map drawn up in 2018 by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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    "What is China's future plan for the space sector?"

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-11-1...Z3y/index.html

    China is expected to double down on key and core technology development over the next 15 years, according to the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee's development proposals made public last week.

    Pursuing innovation-driven development tops the tasks listed in the proposals.

    As a comprehensive high-tech sector, space industry is often viewed as an indicator of country's comprehensive national strength. Today, China's space industry is one of the most robust in the world.

    During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), the country has conducted over 140 orbital launches: the most notable missions include landing its Chang'e-4 probe on the far side of the moon last year and sending Tianwen-1 Mars probe into orbit in July.

    The country aims to become a leading space power in the world by 2045, according to a route map drawn up in 2018 by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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    Wall Street Journal on "China's Plan to Conquer the Moon, Mars and More". The video is 6 minutes long.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAmMvk5ktdk

    This summer the planets favorably align for spacecraft to reach Mars with the least amount of fuel. China is among the countries undertaking the mission while working on bigger ambitions that could one day challenge the U.S.’s leadership in space.
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