China’s newly designed reusable experimental spacecraft has reportedly returned to earth after spending two days in orbit.
The spacecraft, which was sent into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on September 4 by a long March-2F carrier rocket, returned to earth on September 6, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.
The successfully completed flight “will be a breakthrough in the country’s production of reusable spacecraft and will provide convenient and low-cost travel for peaceful use of space,” the report said.
American astrophysicist and satellite follower Jonathan McDowell, sharing on his personal Twitter account, speculated that the vehicle may have been placed in the Taklamakan desert due to its orbital position.
Referred to as a” Reuse test spacecraft, ” it is not known whether the vehicle, whose project details are kept secret, is a space plane or a shuttle-capable space capsule.