Firm nearly sends tortoise into space
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.