Chinese Spaceplane Could Launch By 2020

China is known to be working on a spaceplane that's reusable and capable of taking off from a runway. Some of its alleged features haven't been publicly confirmed, but the government has confirmed its existence. The most recent statement came from China's Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, which says the spaceplane will launch in 2020.

It'd be quite a futuristic space vehicle. After taking off from a runway, it'll reportedly use ramjet propulsion and then rocket motors to escape the atmosphere, ultimately landing in orbit around Earth.

China discussed the project during the summer, confirming "remarkable achievements" have been made and that the reusable vehicle will "take off and land horizontally."

This is one of the only projects dedicated to making a spaceplane that can take off from a runway on its own and reach orbit.