China is in a hypersonic race with US rival SpaceX, which is developing rocket-powered space vehicles. Photo: AFP/SpaceX
China is in a hypersonic race with US rival SpaceX, which is developing rocket-powered space vehicles. Photo: AFP/SpaceX
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China’s suborbital space plane project gets major funding boost

  • The country’s biggest research funder will support civilian hypersonic flight technology designed to carry passengers between continents in just an hour
  • While US rival SpaceX is developing rocket-powered vehicles for high-speed travel, the Chinese system will feature winged aircraft that take off and land on a runway

China is in a hypersonic race with US rival SpaceX, which is developing rocket-powered space vehicles. Photo: AFP/SpaceX
China is in a hypersonic race with US rival SpaceX, which is developing rocket-powered space vehicles. Photo: AFP/SpaceX
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