China began developing kosmolota horizontal takeoff

The fact that the work on creation of the space plane is already under way, South China Morning Post said the portal is one of the leaders of the corporation CASIC, where specialists are developing.

China began developing kosmolota horizontal takeoff

, Vice-President Liu Shiquan County Aerospace Corporation said that the design has been completed, so experts should soon begin testing of individual aircraft systems. It is known that the aircraft will be improved and "extended version" of the ship White Knight Two, which is developing a US company Virgin Galactic.

According to the developers, the Chinese kosmolot able to fly longer and higher. Using a conventional takeoff and landing airport, he will be able to sit down and take off anywhere. Moreover, its design and capacity should allow to reach the outskirts of the ISS and dock with it. If successful, it will allow China to significantly reduce the costs required for the delivery of goods and people into orbit. However, since the transfer of the finished project in production must take a long time, so that even a test model of the Chinese kosmolota have to wait at least a year and a half. For information on when it plans to start production, it is not reported.