Chinese scientists have turned to the earliest method of launching jets from aircraft carriers for a solution to one of the barriers to hypersonic space flight. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese scientists have turned to the earliest method of launching jets from aircraft carriers for a solution to one of the barriers to hypersonic space flight. Photo: Xinhua
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China looks to hypersonic ski-jump technology for space travel

  • An obsolete way to launch jets from aircraft carriers could hold the key to affordable transport beyond Earth’s atmosphere
  • Chinese scientists declare early success in scale model test at Mach 7, but further experiments will be needed

Chinese scientists have turned to the earliest method of launching jets from aircraft carriers for a solution to one of the barriers to hypersonic space flight. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese scientists have turned to the earliest method of launching jets from aircraft carriers for a solution to one of the barriers to hypersonic space flight. Photo: Xinhua
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