Xiamen University stages test flight of hypersonic vehicle. Photo: Xiamen University.

Chinese university becomes first in world to build and test its own hypersonic plane

  • Xiamen University’s ‘double waverider’ makes maiden flight in the Gobi, although the ‘game-changing’ technology is usually the preserve of the military
  • Academics and students have long-term plan for an aircraft that could travel anywhere in the world in two hours
Topic |   China science

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Xiamen University stages test flight of hypersonic vehicle. Photo: Xiamen University.
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.