Redirect: “China wants to build the world’s biggest spaceplane”


The Chinese Suborbital spaceplane concept.

The Chinese suborbital spaceplane concept.

During the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in late September in Guadalajara, Mexico, Chinese space official Lui Haiquang, from the Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, unveiled a plan to build the “biggest” spaceplane ever to be used for suborbital tourism. Perhaps the initiative will be successful, but I am skeptical. I’m quoted in the piece as saying, “It is always easier to draw illustrations and talk possibilities than to build and fly spacecraft.” I stand by that assessment. Some stories on this subject are herehere, here, and here. What do you think?

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