Chinese rocket company Linkspace launched a rocket. The rocket took off, flew to 300 m (1,000 ft) and then conducted a powered landing. This is
similar to what SpaceX did with its Grasshopper tests as part of the work up to building the reusable first stages for the Falcon9 rockets. Masten
Aerospace has flown to similar heights. As has Blue Origin.
However, the Linkspace rocket is a mere 65 cm in diameter (26 in), but a 26 ft in height. it weighs a total of 1.5 metric tons. That's much larger
than the Masten vehicles, but far, far smaller than the SpaceX or Blue Origin.
Linkspace is working their way through the control theory for the "sticked" landings and the smaller size of the rocket isn't a handicap here, but
a legit advantage. Less milk to cry over when it crashes, erm, spills.
The Chinese are just as serious about reusable rockets as the US is. Let's see how long until they've started using them on a large scale.
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