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China successfully launches a pilot reusable spacecraft

| Updated: August 09, 2022 14:56:06


The Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft and three astronauts, taking off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China on Friday for a crewed mission to build China's space station –Reuters photo The Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft and three astronauts, taking off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China on Friday for a crewed mission to build China's space station –Reuters photo

China successfully launched a pilot reusable spacecraft with its Long March-2F carrier rocket on Friday, reports Reuters citing Chinese state media CCTV.

The unidentified spacecraft, which was launched from China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, will return to a planned landing site after operating in the orbit for some time to provide technical validations for reuses, CCTV said.

China said it made a big step towards developing reusable space transportation technology as it launched a spacecraft which returned to Earth on the same day after flying to the edge of the atmosphere in July.

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