China will accelerate the development in 2009 of increasingly capable microsats and smallsats for military and other space missions, according to the country’s launch schedule for next year and U.S. Defense Dept. and university analysis of Chinese work in this field. China could also reveal more test activity with the secret Shenlong (Divine Dragon) air-launched booster designed for drop from a Chinese H-6 Badger bomber for smallsat launch operations. The Shenlong vehicle, however, ...

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