A space plane from China?

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A space plane from China?

The images don’t provide much information, and most of the article is empty speculation. Nonetheless, China is building something.



  • Interesting…I remember seeing that photo in Aviation Week several years ago accompanied by similar speculation. Not sure what’s changed since then? It did give me ideas of what to use as motivations for my behind-the-scenes antagonists in “Perigee”.
    The Chinese are wading into our territory in a number of ways: stealth technology, ASAT capabilities…I don’t know that we should consider them a direct threat to our interests (yet) but they’re certainly an indirect one.

  • Patrick

    I just do not see a practical application for this vehicle.

    Any spy equipment that I can think of would be easier and cheaper to place in orbit with a conventional craft/satellite. The same with any weapon. Just no need.

    Even as a test bed its just not a good size.

    As a propaganda piece it will not get good US airplay thus fall short of its goal. Unless its only for internal consumption then it will work well on the Chinese people. They need a reason to feel good.

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