23 November 2018
Chinese researchers have successfully tested two major systems in recovering large spacecraft of more than 7 tons. The breakthrough improves China's capability to reach the world leading level. In the past, China's Shenzhou spacecrafts were around 3.5 tons and the recovery system included a single main parachute system and a back propulsion engine that could only be used once. Now, researchers from China Academy of Space Technology used a helicopter to drop the 7-ton model in testing the country's large parachute group system and heavy load landing buffer system (airbag system).
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