Welcome to Edition 1.17 of the Rocket Report! This week, we discuss a lot of new launch contracts, a Japanese plan to build a suborbital spaceplane, and Chinese plans to develop a potentially recoverable payload fairing. Also, check the launch schedule: three launches in three days!
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Japanese company working on suborbital spaceplane. Move over Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, because the Japanese startup PD AeroSpace says that it is developing a spaceplane that will be able to fly tourists to suborbital altitude by 2023. The spaceplane will use both an air-breathing jet engine mode as well as a rocket mode to generate thrust, Universe Today reports.