During a covert mission, China launched a reusable Long March 2F launch vehicle at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Know all the details here.
A few days ago, an uncontrolled Chinese rocket debris made headlines with its unpredictable crash back to Earth! Fortunately, the remains of the Chinese space booster burned up after its entry into the atmosphere, and the rest is said to have crashed into the Indian Ocean. Now, shortly after this tragic incident, China launched a classified reusable vehicle on a mysterious mission into orbit on August 4. Gobi desert. It would be the 18th launch mission of the Long March 2F launch vehicle.
The test spacecraft will be in orbit for a period of time before returning to its planned landing site in China, during which verification of reusable and in-orbit service technology will be conducted as planned to provide technical support for the peaceful use of the space,” Xinhua stated on its website.
China kept the latest spacecraft launch secret
That’s all Xinhua has updated about the mysterious launch of China’s spacecraft. A SpaceNews report stated that China’s mysterious spacecraft is believed to be a robotic spaceplane the same size as the US Space Force’s X-37B, based on Long March 2F’s payload capacity. However, this is not the first time China has launched a reusable spacecraft. Earlier, in September 2020, China had launched its reusable test spacecraft at a similar secretive event.
A space.com report compares China’s latest mysterious mission to the X-37B spacecraft, which has been orbiting Earth for more than 800 days. The launch was part of an extremely busy day in spaceflight as there were six rocket launches, starting with a Rocket Lab spy satellite launch for the US National Reconnaissance Office to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launching a missile warning satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office. space travel. Power. In addition, Blue Origin sent six people into suborbital space, China launched another TECIS 1 Earth observation satellite, and South Korea’s Danuri lunar probe.