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China’s reusable spacecraft successfully returns to landing site

مركبة فضائية صينية قابلة لإعادة الاستخدام تعود بنجاح إلى موقع الهبوط

Beijing:

China’s reusable experimental spacecraft, which was launched into orbit two days ago, successfully returned to its predetermined landing site on Sunday.

The spacecraft was launched on board a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Friday.

The successful return marks an important breakthrough in China’s research on reusable spacecraft technology, which will provide a more convenient and economical way for the peaceful use of space, state-run CGTN TV reported.

Chinese military officials, who were tight-lipped about the launch earlier, said there were many firsts in this launch. “The spacecraft is new, the launch method is also different,” they said.

An official, quoted by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post on Sunday, declined to comment on the details of the mission but suggested “maybe you can take a look at the US X-37B.”

The X-37B is an unmanned space plane that operates like a smaller version of the space shuttle, which is launched by a rocket and cruises back to earth for a runway landing.

It has flown four classified missions to date, carrying secret payloads on long-duration flights in Earth orbit, the Post report said.

Friday’s launch comes weeks after China launched Tianwen-1, the country’s first Mars mission, from Hainan in late July.

The China National Space Administration said its spacecraft, including an orbiter, lander and rover, was performing well on its way to Mars.

A month before that, China completed the network of satellites for its BeiDou navigation network, a competitor to the Global Positioning System (GPS) system of the US.

Source: theprint.in

بكين – قنا:

عادت مركبة فضائية تجريبية صينية قابلة لإعادة الاستخدام إلى موقع الهبوط المحدد يوم الأمس، بنجاح بعد عملها ليومين في المدار.

وتم إطلاق المركبة الفضائية عبر صاروخ حامل من طراز /لونغ مارتش-2 إف/، من مركز /جيوتشيوان/ لإطلاق الأقمار الصناعية شمال غربي الصين .

وسجلت الرحلة الناجحة اختراقا هاما في الصين في مجال بحوث المركبات الفضائية القابلة لإعادة الاستخدام، ومن المتوقع أن توفر رحلة ذهاب وإياب ميسرة ومنخفضة التكلفة للاستخدام السلمي للفضاء.

ولم تنشر وسائل الإعلام الرسمية في الصين صورا أو تسجيلات مصورة للإطلاق أو الهبوط، ولم يتم الإفصاح كذلك عن تفاصيل بخصوص طبيعة التكنولوجيا التي جرى اختبارها في تلك العملية.

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