China’s experimental space plane aces test flight

SpaceDaily.com reports: “China’s reusable aerospace plane, which was tested on Friday, offers great potential in a wide range of businesses, according to industry observers.

‘It will be able to do many different things: space tourism, transporting astronauts, satellite deployment, cargo transportation and emergency rescues,’ said Wang Yanan, editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine.

‘Compared to rockets and space shuttles, this new vehicle is lower cost, requires less preparation and is more flexible. It will also permit ordinary people to take short trips into space or make ultrafast intercontinental journeys at an affordable price.’

Wang said that once the new craft enters service, it will greatly reduce the complexity and cost of space missions, likely making space tourism as easy and convenient as flying…”

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