China Surpasses US in Development of Aerospace AircraftPosted: June 10, 2017
US X-37B aerospace aircraft landed last month after its fourth top secret flight in space for more than one year.
China, however, has satisfactorily completed ground tests of the major parts of its aerospace aircraft and is expected to conduct test flight of it as revealed by CASIC Vice General Manager Liu Shiquan at Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) in Beijing.
Zhang Tao, a scientist at Beihang University, says that he has listened to a briefing on the aerospace aircraft project and got the impression that China’s is of a higher class than X-37B. X-37B takes off vertically like a rocket, but China’s is designed to take off and land horizontally on a military and civilian airstrip like a fixed-wing airplane.
X-37B is small and unmanned but China’s is large and manned designed for the task of sending people and goods to and back from space station at much lower costs than a rocket.
Note: China’s is large enough to serve as an aerospace bomber.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Hong Kong media: China develops aerospace aircraft to catch up with the US in space race” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)