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China Successfully Separated Two-Stage Aerospace Craft in Wind Tunnel

China Successfully Separated Two-Stage Aerospace Craft in Wind Tunnel October 24, 2019

Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics successfully conducted a wind tunnel experiment, in which the second-stage aircraft freely detached from the first-stage aircraft of a two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) space plane according to Global Times:

TSTO means the space plane consists of two aircraft, with the first stage carrying the second stage.

The first stage will provide power to the space plane upon take-off, and when it reaches a certain height and speed, the second stage will detach from it and power itself further into space, as the first stage will land just like a normal plane, the expert said.

China unveiled the Tengyun Project in 2016, which is planning the first test flight for the Chinese space plane in 2030, Beijing-based Science and Technology Daily reported in December 2016.

China Successfully Separated Two-Stage Aerospace Craft in Wind Tunnel

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