The satellites would be sent into low-Earth orbit, collecting the thin air to stay aloft longer. Photo: Xinhua
The satellites would be sent into low-Earth orbit, collecting the thin air to stay aloft longer. Photo: Xinhua

The ‘air breathing’ tech that China hopes can fuel a new generation of satellites

  • Chinese space authorities have devoted considerable resources to developing the technology
  • Researchers found that shock waves in space could complicate designs of the eyes in the sky, but have made headway in overcoming this

Topic |   China science
The satellites would be sent into low-Earth orbit, collecting the thin air to stay aloft longer. Photo: Xinhua
The satellites would be sent into low-Earth orbit, collecting the thin air to stay aloft longer. Photo: Xinhua
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