The Chinese Foreign Ministry today (Monday) denied the report of a covert new missile test on a new voice that orbited the Earth last summer. It was further claimed that this is an experiment of innovative technology for space vehicles.
Foreign Ministry spokesman in Beijing Zhao Lijiang, Told reporters that the launch in August was “a routine space vehicle experiment to verify technology for the reuse of a space vehicle.” He added: “It is of immense importance in reducing the costs of spacecraft. It can provide a convenient and inexpensive way for people to use the space for peaceful purposes.” The spokesman added that the space vehicle’s support equipment would be separated from it before re-entering the atmosphere. The pieces will burn and fall apart and then fall into the ocean.
The Financial Times reported Saturday night that China conducted a missile test on a voice capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that orbited the world on its way to the target. The report, which relied on five individuals who are aware of the details, said the experiment took place last August, during which a rocket was launched that carried a hopper that orbited low satellite over the atmosphere and orbited the Earth before flying towards the target. However, he soon missed the target for forty miles.
Although China was known to be developing voice launch capabilities, and it introduced the DF-17 missile in a parade two years ago, the latest launch surprised U.S. intelligence agencies. They did it, “admitted one source.
The paper noted that China did not disclose anything about the experiment, however it raised suspicions last summer due to a lack of reporting on its rocket launches into space. On July 19, the Chinese Agency for Space Launch announced the 77th launch of the current year using the Long March 2C launcher, and on August 24, it reported the 79th launch, but there was no announcement of the 78th launch.
Unlike ballistic missiles, which fly into space before returning to Earth in a steep and high-speed orbit on their way to the target, supersonic jumpers pose a more complex challenge for defense systems. This is because they are capable of maneuvering, flying at low altitudes and reaching speeds of more than five times the speed of sound.