There is not a lot of details, but China came out today to state they re going to b launching a reusable space plane in 2020. It sounds like it is to
be optionally manned and can either ferry people or cargo.
China is the opposite of thee Russians: they almost never announce something unless they are sure it will happen. Watch the skies in 2020, folks.
They have a whole bunch of cool stuff coming, I like how quick they work. I'm finding it pretty hard to keep up to date with all their projects, they
just move too fast and all the sites are in Chinese...
"Based on various reports, the spacecraft would take off from a runway and then, higher in the atmosphere, shift to ramjet propulsion before finally
using rocket motors to exit Earth's atmosphere and move into orbit around the planet."
I start believing in a chinese SSTO solution when i see it. TSTO concept utilizing a TBCC / rocket booster combo is certainly not impossible but not
by 2020. Their engine tech isnt that good to say the least. They could try for turboramjet / rocket booster combination but getting into orbit with
any sort of payload sounds dubious at best.
So basically, they will be flying our tech they have stolen or been given by traitors that is at least 20 or 30 years old and calling it
revolutionary. Meanwhile, we have tech flying 30 years ahead of the recently announced B-21. Sounds about right.
a reply to: anzha
A vehicle like the X-37 wouldnt be capable of reaching orbit when launchend from a carrier aircraft. This design as shown probably wouldnt either. You
need alot of propellant for that, especially if you want to achieve actual LEO and Rendezvous with a space station. This cuts into your payload. you
either need to settle for a comparatively small vehicle, less than LEO or something so big the HOTOL solution wont work.
But lets hope they build something and hype it up to no end. This way we might finally see some things come on out of the black.
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