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Chinese rocket-balloon launch lifts near-space scientific ambitions

Chinese scientists say they have succeeded in test-launching a rocket from a high-altitude balloon, a technology that could save on the amount of fuel needed to lift instruments into near space.

According to state media reports, the rocket first carried into the upper atmosphere by a large helium balloon from Lenghu in northwest China’s Qinghai province on Sunday.

When the balloon reached its designated altitude, the rocket was fired via remote control from the ground, the reports said.


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