Rare footage of Beijing's £5 million hypersonic wind tunnel built to help Chinese scientists beat Americans in developing futuristic aircraft
Chinese scientists have claimed to be able to make more discoveries than their American counterpart in developing supersonic aircraft thanks to better equipment.
A secretive £5 million hypersonic wind tunnel, nicknamed 'Hyper Dragon', is helping the experts 'reveal many facts that Americans have not found out', one Chinese researcher said in a propaganda documentary.
The programme also revealed that Chinese scientists are developing a commercial plane that could connect Beijing and New York in just two hours.
Shrouded in secrecy, the JF12 shockwave hypersonic wind tunnel was completed in May, 2012, but has rarely been captured by media.
China Central Television, the state broadcaster, showed a glimpse of the mysterious equipment in a documentary on October 8.
Built by Chinese Academy of Science with 46 million Yuan (£5 million), the 2.5-metre-wide (8.2 feet), 265-metre-long (869 feet) tunnel is said to be able to blow gusts of wind as fast as 10 times the speed of sound.
The temperature of the gusts could reach a staggering 3,000 degrees Celsius.
Miaguy, London, United Kingdom, 40 minutes ago
They have been snapping up engineering and design talent form all over the globe at a record pace.
Articeryx, Pale Blue Dot, United States, 55 minutes ago
China has no intellectual property rights. They don't respect other people's ideas as their own. If they can hack into servers and steal ideas and use them, why not , they figure.
Captain Shiner, Mojave Desert, United States, 1 hour ago
All they can do is copy and bootleg our stuff.