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Russia hesitant about need to match US spaceplane

Russia hesitant about need to match US spaceplane

A senior Russian general says the military has closely followed last year's flight of a new U.S. spaceplane but hasn't decided yet whether it needs a similar craft.
Russia's Space Forces chief, Lt. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Thursday that the military has closely observed orbital maneuvers of the U.S. X-37B unmanned spaceplane during its maiden flight that lasted more than seven months.
The U.S. Air Force said the primary purpose of the flight, which ended in December, was to test the craft itself but classified its actual activities in orbit, leading to speculation about whether it carried some type of spying system.
Ostapenko said Russia has conducted some preliminary work on a similar design but that no decision has been made yet on whether it needs such a craft.


Updated : 2021-07-26 05:33 GMT+08:00