China’s reusable spacecraft returns to its landing site successfully: State media

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New Delhi (NVI): After two-days of in-orbit operation and flight, China’s reusable experimental spacecraft made a successful landing at its scheduled site, reports CGTN.

The low-cost spacecraft was launched on Friday on board a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

As per state-run CGTN TV, the successful landing is a major breakthrough in China’s research on reusable spacecraft technology, which will provide a more convenient and economical way for the peaceful use of space.

Since the State media has not published any photos so the size and shape of the spacecraft are unclear. Friday’s launch was the China’s 14th mission of the Long March-2F carrier rocket.

China’s reusable spacecraft launch comes weeks after it launched its first independent and unmanned Mars probe in July, named ‘Tianwen-1’ with an aim to complete orbiting, landing and roving in one mission.

If successful, Tianwen-1 will make China the first country to orbit, land and deploy a rover in its inaugural mission.