US planned to launch a secret space plane a day ahead of China. SpaceX delayed it

by Ling Xin at

  • Chinese ‘reusable experimental spacecraft’ lifts off atop a Long March 2F rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, Xinhua reported around 11pm Thursday
  • Independent observers have some, but not complete, insights into what the Chinese space plane might look like and do, says US space analyst

China launched its secret space plane for a third time on Thursday, while the US Space Force is still waiting for its X-37B to get off the pad after multiple delays.

The Chinese “reusable experimental spacecraft” successfully lifted off atop a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert, state news agency Xinhua reported at around 11pm.