China launches, lands first reusable spacecraft
China has made another important breakthrough launching an experimental reusable spacecraft, according to Xinhua news agency.
The spacecraft which spent two days in orbit was launched on Friday September 4, 2020 on a Long March-2F rocket, from the Jiuquan launch center located in Inner Mongolia, and landed at the scheduled landing site on Sunday September, 6th, 2020.
While lauding the achievement, Xinhua said that the research was an important breakthrough, emphasizing that reusable spacecraft technology would provide a cheap and more convenient ways of back and forth the space for peaceful purposes.
In an attempt to reduce the cost of space travel efforts have been directed towards reusable spacecraft technology.
For example, the U.S.’s X-37B, a reusable spacecraft has completed several missions into space.
China is known for its determined efforts into its space program in which it has already recorded considerable success.
For example, China landed a spacecraft dark side of the moon, becoming the first country to ever do so.
Meanwhile in July, China launched its first mission solo to Mars. Similarly in the same month, its satellite system called Beidou, seen as a rival to the U.S.’s Global Positioning System (GPS), was launched.
According to the Xinhua, there are very few details about the latest reusable spacecraft project at the moment because the project seems to be in secrecy.