China completed the first test of a domestically-developed 130-tonne thrust reusable rocket engine on Saturday at a testing facility in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province in northwestern China.
Engineers performed the first hot-fire test on November 26, including stopping and reigniting the engine. The YF-100N engine includes components made using 3D printing, automatic welding and intelligent assembly.
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation plans to use the engine inside a new, reusable rocket for launching crew to the Tiangong space station. The first test flight is scheduled for 2026.
Daredevils took to the skies above east China's Jiangxi Province for the three-day Nanchang Flight Convention. Eight teams from around the world thrilled the audience with aerobatic flight formations.
The 'Red Eagles' flight team from China's Air Force Aviation University participated for the first time, performing a series of challenging maneuvers. Nearly 100 aircraft were on display, including aircraft produced in the host city, well-known large domestic and foreign airliners, and high-end business aircraft.
With the onset of winter, snowfalls have created breath-taking scenery across China. Hulunbuir City in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saw 7 millimeters of snow over 24 hours as the temperature dropped to minus 26.1 degrees Celsius.
Contrary to the harsh conditions in the north, snow is considered more of a blessing in the south, with scenic areas blanketed by a touch of winter magic and the weather still mild enough for tourists to roam.
Tianmenshan National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie presented an unworldly sight on Wednesday after the first snowfall this winter. Its unique cliffs and pristine forests were turned into a Chinese ink painting by the slowly falling snow.