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Chinese space shuttle flights planned for 2030

Proposed reusable craft would launch from back of a plane

China has put humans into space aboard its Shenzhou spacecraft pictured here, but the envisioned space shuttle would take off horizontally like an aircraft.   © Reuters

CHONGQING -- China will have a reusable space shuttle ready for test flights in 2030, the head of a state-owned aerospace company tells Nikkei.

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp., which also produces missiles and other military systems, aims to build broadband communications networks using low-orbit satellites as well.

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