China on the brink of a breakthrough: Suborbital point to point travel

Space Transportation, a Chinese corporation, has revealed that it is working on a so-called “rocket with wings” for space tourism and point-to-point transport. The projected spaceplane will be totally reusable and capable of sub-orbital flights as well as quick transportation between two points on the planet.

This would revolutionize travel and tourism to and from China, by the involvement of the space industry.

Space tourism around the world

Despite the fact that the space sector is still in its infancy, it has recently been humming with activity.

The strong competition between the three major competitors – Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and Blue Origin – to be the first to execute a commercial sub-orbital trip that erupted last year deserves a lot of respect.

This drew the attention of affluent investors to space tourism, which has aided smaller, cash-strapped participants in their efforts to raise much-needed financing.

China’s recent achievements in the sector

Although China’s Space Transportation company was founded in 2018, it has some very ambitious goals, which include ground tests by 2023 with the first flight in 2024 and a crewed flight in 2025.

In addition to that, the company which also goes by the name Beijing Lingkong Tianxing Technology Co., Ltd. also aims for testing a global, or orbital, crewed space vehicle by 2030.

The company’s official website will greet you with an animated video of the space plane they are currently developing. It shows a plane attached to a delta wing attached with rockets that detach after propelling the rocket to a certain altitude.

Regardless of the fact that China’s Space Transportation firm was created in 2018, it has lofty aspirations, including ground testing by 2023, a maiden flight in 2024, and a crewed trip in 2025.

Furthermore, Beijing Lingkong Tianxing Technology Co., Ltd. intends to test a global, or orbital, crewed space vehicle by 2030. On the company’s official website, you’ll see an animated video of the space plane they’re working on.

It depicts a plane with a delta wing and rockets that separate once the rocket reaches a particular altitude. The spaceplane will have a peak speed of 2,671 mph, which means it will take roughly an hour to get from London to New York.

This spaceplane, unlike others we’ve seen so far, will take off and land vertically. Space Transportation stated that it has begun performing curial testing after raising $46.3 million for their hypersonic space aircraft.


“We’re working on a winged rocket for high-speed, point-to-point transportation that’s less expensive than satellite-carrying rockets and faster than standard airplanes,” the business told Yicheng Times.

It isn’t the only Chinese space travel enterprise attempting to get into the highly competitive market. CAS Space unveiled the first set of concept mockups of their commercial space rocket in October of last year, striking a strong similarity with Blue Origin’s New Shephard rocket.

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