What has China’s mysterious Shenlong space plane released 600km above the Earth? | Space

But it has not made any kind of manoeuvre since its release, according to Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer and space activity tracker at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.

“It may just be an inert piece of hardware,” McDowell said on Tuesday.

Canada-based amateur astronomer Scott Tilley, who helped Nasa find one of its long-lost satellites, said neither the object nor the plane had emitted any new signals since the release.

The current flight is the third one for Shenlong, which took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert on December 14, 2023.

Often seen as a counterpart of the US military space plane X-37B, there has been very little information released about Shenlong’s size or capabilities.

It made its maiden flight in 2020, which lasted just two days. Then in August 2022, Shenlong set off on its second mission, which lasted nine months. During this mission, a subsatellite was reportedly ejected and recaptured a couple of times by the plane to test related technologies.

After Shenlong’s third launch in December, space activity trackers suggested that it released at least five objects into low-Earth orbit, two of which were thought to be satellites since they were giving off radio signals similar to the plane’s signals. But the objects were mostly likely debris of the Long March rocket, which sent Shenlong to its initial orbit,…

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