China quietly lands its ultra-secret experimental spacecraft and claims it achieved 'key breakthroughs in reusable technologies'
China has landed its secretive reusable experimental spacecraft back on Earth after a successful two-day test flight.
Long March-2F carrier was launched into orbit last Friday from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.
It returned to the scheduled landing site as planned on Sunday, the official state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The reusable experimental spacecraft, of which no pictures have emerged, was launched to test 'reusable technologies' during its flight and could lead to a 'convenient and inexpensive way' to reach space.
'China's reusable experimental spacecraft on Sunday returned to the scheduled landing site after a two-day in-orbit operation,' said Xinhua.
'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.'
Orbital data later confirmed that the vehicle had been placed in an orbit at a similar height to China's previous crewed flights, New Scientist reports.
The 'space plane' could take Chinese astronauts to and from China's planned future space station.
'A space plane is an ideal technology for atmospheric re-entry due to less brutal accelerations for the human body,' said Shenzhen-based space analyst Jean Deville.
The mission appears to have been carried out with low-key preparations and high-level security, and the specifics of the spacecraft are yet to be revealed.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/50772.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Pyrmeus, London, United Kingdom
Another appropriated technology breakthrough.
Olderbutnonethewiser, Halifax, United Kingdom
Given the secrecy it's undoubtedly being developed for military purposes.
rabosi, East London, United Kingdom
China would do any thing in it power to match the u.s with every step and CCP goal replace the Dollar with the Yuan.
GoraGora, Leeds, United Kingdom
Well done China, leading in so many sectors.
Grant, London, United Kingdom
China and India are both trying to develop space planes like the US's X-37B.
lulupakalolo, Phoenix, United States
China's been busy stealing technology again. Hey people, they're Communists and you're financing them while they pilfer your innovations.
MrFóx2336, Manchester, United Kingdom
Out of nowhere they get this tech that was in development for by SpaceX. Obviously china have stolen it from the west.
gremlinbutt, TEXAS, United States
You can bet its stolen from somebody.
Jeremy McNichols, Neenah, United States
Who did they steal or bribe that technology from?
saltapatra, Ny, United States
stealing, stealing, stealing... that is the only thing the Middle Kingdom knows how to do well... apart from lying, of course.
mr_eagleR, Los Angeles, United States
How much of the technology was stolen from Spacex?
Frankamungus, Franklin, United States
Stolen technology from America. Communist never have a creative idea
Blastman, Kane, United States
I'm not worried because president trump invented the space force to keep us safe.
Stick to the Facts, California , United States
Any coincidence it is the same technology as Space X? Is it also any coincidence that after years of pushing back Tesla was let into China and now sales growth is flourishing? Coincidences like this don't happen.
eBunker, Everywhere, United States
China achieved a key breakthrough? Translation: They have managed to once again steal technology from the US.
IndianaJim, Merrillville, United States
Anytime they emphasize peaceful use of space their intent is anything but.
TheRealCornPop, NYC, United States
They just copied the USA's stuff as usual.
NM2, notts, United Kingdom
And we're still paying them overseas aid, why?
The Master Don, Inside the DM, Palestine
Completed with guidance technology given to them by the Klintons.
neil thompson, London, United Kingdom
Elon musk has been working with China for a while.
Carolina Sweetheart, Greenville, United States
Lookout alien life forms,