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Analysis

The reusable space race: China’s Shenlong takes on the USAF X-37 programme

As reports emerge of a Chinese rival, Shenlong, Boeing recently successfully returned one of two unmanned US Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicles (OTV) to orbit, demonstrating the reusability of the platform. Berenice Baker explores capabilities and possible mission specifications of the classified X-37B programme, and speculates if Shenlong can match it.

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