Neil Armstrong, who would become the first astronaut to set foot on the Moon, poses with an X-15 aircraft at the Dryden Flight Research Centre in California, in an undated photo. The X-15 planes used skid landing gears. Photo: Reuters/Nasa
Neil Armstrong, who would become the first astronaut to set foot on the Moon, poses with an X-15 aircraft at the Dryden Flight Research Centre in California, in an undated photo. The X-15 planes used skid landing gears. Photo: Reuters/Nasa
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China’s latest hypersonic test plane is using landing technology abandoned by Nasa

  • Research team is testing skid landing gears instead of wheels, with the help of AI
  • Nasa used skids for its X-15 rocket-powered aircraft more than six decades ago

Neil Armstrong, who would become the first astronaut to set foot on the Moon, poses with an X-15 aircraft at the Dryden Flight Research Centre in California, in an undated photo. The X-15 planes used skid landing gears. Photo: Reuters/Nasa
Neil Armstrong, who would become the first astronaut to set foot on the Moon, poses with an X-15 aircraft at the Dryden Flight Research Centre in California, in an undated photo. The X-15 planes used skid landing gears. Photo: Reuters/Nasa
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