China builds Hypersonic wind tunnel to develop spaceplane

Jul.18 (China Defense Mashup News) — Chinese Inner Mongolia North Heavy Industries Group recently announced that the group has successfully provided the key element of “JF12 Shockwave Hypersonic wind tunnel”, which is the most advanced and creative project in
world Hypersonic research area.

“JF12 Shockwave Hypersonic wind tunnel” is being constructed for the initiation of China’s future spaceplane project. JF12 Windtunnel is mainly designed by the Institute of Mechanics, CAS (Chinese Academy of Science). CAS found a creative detonation driven method to design a shock tunnel which can provide a reproducible flight condition for hypersonic research.

China’s Φ2m Shockwave Wind Tunnel

“JF12 Shockwave Hypersonic wind tunnel” includes Main Applications like: Aerodynamic characteristics research for aircraft; Shockwave/boundary layer interference study; Investigations on shock wave oscillation and pressure fluctuation in separated flow fields; Jet/flow interference investigation; Scramjet engine investigation; Aero-optics investigation.

December 12 in 2007, a shocking photo appearing on Internet effectively proves that China is researching on next generation reusable space vehicle. A No.40672 H-6 bomber was ready to take-off and carrying a scaled TAV (Trans-Atmospheric Vehicle) model on its central line hard point.


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