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Report of Chinese space plane
« on: 08/31/2017 05:30 PM »
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Re: Report of Chinese space plane
« Reply #1 on: 08/31/2017 05:38 PM »
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Re: Report of Chinese space plane
« Reply #2 on: 09/01/2017 06:00 AM »
Looks interesting, but how do you abort if something goes wrong during launch?
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Re: Report of Chinese space plane
« Reply #3 on: 09/01/2017 07:36 AM »
This story has been posted via Facebook.

https://futurism.com/china-plans-worlds-largest-spaceplane-for-2020-launch/
Dates from 2016, which was on the FB page and rather more visibly on the New Scientist page it quotes
The clue is it still talks about XCOR Lynx. XCOR no longer exists.

Has anyone heard anything since their presentation?

4 years to produces 2 different designs of single stage spaceplane.

Seriously?
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Re: Report of Chinese space plane
« Reply #4 on: 09/01/2017 08:09 AM »
I thought I had seen the story before but I decided to post the link here without any comment about whether it would reach flight status.
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Re: Report of Chinese space plane
« Reply #5 on: 10/31/2017 12:12 PM »
CASC is still aiming for the debuting of this spaceplane in 2020. The Spaceplane can be relaunched everyday with an expendable second stage. It must be a Chinese version of Boeing XS1 ;D ;)
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Re: Report of Chinese space plane
« Reply #6 on: 11/01/2017 01:40 PM »
CASC is still aiming for the debuting of this spaceplane in 2020. The Spaceplane can be relaunched everyday with an expendable second stage. It must be a Chinese version of Boeing XS1 ;D ;)
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MjM5MjQ0Njk4MA==&mid=2650489584&idx=4&sn=da0bfad16e1297ed872af0cd7b142e19&chksm=bea9cd9b89de448d28b54c6168204eaf49fbba061c0f99a26ec41bd0116f8f91bbe782bfe8ff&mpshare=1&scene=23&srcid=1031yYHVVyOZ7X3cf4rfpBlJ#rd

I wonder if the 2020 date does not necessarily reflect that vehicle can reach orbit at the first go - while the Chinese certainly did explore the hypersonic regime for quite some time already, I'm not sure that they can build something like the XS-1 just yet (never mind XS-1 has yet to fly either!).  :-\
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Re: Report of Chinese space plane
« Reply #7 on: 11/02/2017 08:14 PM »
Arstechnica is also reporting about a Chinese spaceplane debut in 2020, citing Xinhua news agency.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/chinas-secretive-spaceplane-may-launch-in-2020/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/31/c_136718107.htm

However, Ars claims this vehicle would take off horizontally and include ramjet propulsion for a portion of atmospheric flight before switching to rockets:

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Should Chinese scientists and engineers deliver on their promises, some of the technology promised by the new spaceplane will be downright futuristic. Based on various reports, the spacecraft would take off from a runway and then, higher in the atmosphere, shift to ramjet propulsion before finally using rocket motors to exit Earth's atmosphere and move into orbit around the planet.

Yet there's no mention of ramjet technology in any of the referenced articles, except for a comment. No engineering drawings, nor test article pictures, either. Vaporware, I suppose.

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Re: Report of Chinese space plane
« Reply #8 on: 11/02/2017 09:19 PM »
That Ars article conflates this CASC project with CASIC concepts for combined-cycle spaceplanes.
« Last Edit: 11/02/2017 09:19 PM by Kryten »

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