I missed this. And for the benefit of those who missed this:Presumably it was a LM-2, I think it was somewhere in the original FT article?
A plane that flys in space doesn’t go into orbit, it goes from point to point. It would be designed to transport people and cargo quickly.“They launched a long-range missile,” Hyten told CBS. “It went around the world, dropped off a hypersonic glide vehicle that glided all the way back to China, that impacted a target in China.” When pressed on whether the HGV hit the target, Hyten responded: “Close enough.”
A spaceplane on the other hand — such as the US Space Shuttle of the
Those who managed to get an idea of its flight path will very well be able to discern if it is a spaceplane or HGV.
Quite impressive either way. It ending up as a spaceplane or HGV should be not of a big concern to any party as China's adversaries won't be convinced that there'd NOT be a military application of the tech. China herself won't allow such a technology left unexplored or used militarily.
Until US tests a machine of the same calibre, the lead goes to China. Doesn't matter if the US has built and hid a wunderwaffe in Area51 or somewhere else ( its becoming a joke and excuse at this point).
I was talking about the subject that was quoted from the article. In any case, I don't think US would release officially any more details that they have learned of the test. Neither will China.A plane that flys in space doesn’t go into orbit, it goes from point to point. It would be designed to transport people and cargo quickly.
China also said this is a test of a component, not a system.