Firm nearly sends tor­toise into space

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A fly­ing ma­chine car­ry­ing a spe­cial pas­sen­ger — a tor­toise — reached an alti­tude of 12,000 me­ters on its maiden flight in North­west China's Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Luan Lin, co-founder of the Kuang-Chi Group that in­vented the de­vice, said her team had ex­pected Trav­eler II to reach 20,000 me­ters. How­ever, prob­lems with com­mu­ni­ca­tion and remote con­trol be­gan when it reached 12,000 me­ters over Bostan Lake, and the team had to give up.

Luan said the setback would not dampen the team's en­thu­si­asm for in­vent­ing ve­hi­cles for near-space travel.

The main cabin of Trav­eler II has a di­am­e­ter of 2.5 me­ters and weighs more than 1 met­ric ton. It has a life-sup­port sys­tem ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing an en­vi­ron­ment suit­able for hu­mans.


Vil­lager Lan Ruzhu, 70, per­forms “climb­ing on blades” dur­ing a lo­cal folk ac­tiv­ity held after the Au­tumn har­vest, in Zhong­tuan vil­lage in Wup­ing County, in China’s Fu­jian prov­ince, on Tues­day. The stunt re­quires a bare­foot man to climb a lad­der with 36 blades for rungs, and has a his­tory of sev­eral hun­dred years.

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