The space plane will provide suborbital flights between different locations on Earth, according to the company. Flights with the missile will be twice as fast as Concorde, reaching a speed of 4,000 kilometers per hour. The missile will also be fully reusable, unlike classic missiles which are only used for one flight at a time.
On the website From Lingkong Tianxing, roughly to be translated into teleportation, a Movie Show ambitious plans. In the video, the company shows how passengers get on the plane, after which the plane is launched vertically. The rocket then detaches from a kind of booster wing, after which a flight on the edge of space takes passengers from China to Dubai. Finally, the rocket made its way back to the airport, in a similar fashion to SpaceX’s rockets.
First test flight
The development of the aircraft appears to be progressing at a remarkable speed. The company is only four years old, but it already demonstrated its first proof of concept in 2019 when it launched an experimental rocket. Meanwhile, the company has completed eleven test flights, of which two last week. The details of these tests are still largely unknown, perhaps because missile technology remains a sensitive issue.
So far, only the rocket technology has been tested, and therefore it is not yet related to the space plane itself. company I showed However, the Chinese news site Sina indicated that the first ground tests of the space plane will take place early next year.
If all goes well, the first test flights will take place in 2024, followed by manned flights in 2025. After that, space flights will be on the agenda by 2030.
a lot of competition
More companies are working on a space plane for commercial purposes. Last year, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic came into the spotlight when it made its first suborbital flight. Branson himself was on the ship at the time. Virgin Galactic wants to offer tourist flights to the end space hotel to construct. So do Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Other companies also participate in the competition. Last week, for example, American Radian Aerospace announced that after a funding round of no less than $27.5 million have snapped. Radian also works on a space plane.
In 2017, SpaceX already published a file concept video Where the spacecraft flew between two cities. The ambitious plan claimed that one day travelers could travel anywhere in the world in less than an hour. At the moment, it is not known when SpaceX believes these plans will become a reality.
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