China on Friday successfully conducted a test flight of an indigenously-built lift-type suborbital vehicle, the developer said.
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said in a statement that after a maintenance check and inspection, the vehicle was “vertically” launched for the test flight from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China.
“It completed the suborbital flight according to the set procedure, and landed smoothly and horizontally” at the Right Banner airport in north China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, the statement said.
The re-use flight test of China’s suborbital launch vehicle was a complete success!
On August 26, 2022, the reusable flight test of the lift type suborbital launch vehicle independently developed by the China Academy of launch vehicle technology was successfully completed. pic.twitter.com/8alrQadOfY
— Youth in Jiangxi 青春江西 (@jxqwzx) August 26, 2022
The CASC described the successful test as a “great step forward of China’s development in reusable space transportation technologies.”
These reusable vehicles can carry payloads up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) above the earth’s surface, including satellites, according to Chinese aerospace experts.