China’s top-secret spaceplane emits powerful signals over North America – months after the US shot down a Chinese spy balloon that collected intelligence from military sites

A secret Chinese spaceplane that launched into orbit last week is sending strong signals to North America.

The craft – called Shenlong after the spirit dragon from Chinese mythology – released six mysterious objects after reaching Earth’s orbit for the third time in three years.

The objects are being tracked by the US Space Force but no details have been released to the public about what they are or what purpose they serve.

Amateur astronomer Scott Tilley tracked the plane and analyzed the signals they emitted.

He told DailyMail.com that they appeared to send the strongest signals while passing through North America.

It comes just 10 months after the US shot down a Chinese spy who may have collected intelligence as it passed through several military sites.

China’s top-secret spaceplane deployed five unidentified objects into orbit after last week’s launch, which are now sending powerful signals back to Earth. Pictured is a shot of the spaceplane in orbit

Tilley said he believed the signals were pointing to a ground station or boat near British Columbia, Canada, where he lives.

‘When the spaceplane passes over me, it only emits a trail of light that appears to favor a location south southwest of mine.

‘Ie, at a higher altitude passes over me, no signal, but in the sea-hug passes to my southwest, all of my observations of the matter happened.’

Tilley teamed up with a Swiss group specializing in optical-band space surveillance, and the collaboration has continued to monitor the plane since it was launched on December 15.

The USDepartment of Defense designates six items OBJECT A through F.

Tilley and the Swiss team placed the Object A spacecraft, which is now ‘identified as a US Space Force test spacecraft.’

Object B is ‘very bright’ and shows ‘characteristics of the period of some passes that we prefer to associate with a long period,’ according to S2A systemthe Swiss team.

‘The light curve of Object D also shows a strong control behavior,’ the team continued.

Object A is very bright with a strong control behavior - the light curve obtained by Tilley is illustrated

Object A is very bright with a strong control behavior – the light curve obtained by Tilley is illustrated

‘Object C appears to be a rapidly rotating slow piece of debris. OBJECT F is also slightly faint, but no rotation has yet been observed.

‘We will make further measurements in the coming weeks.’

Objects E and D are believed to be satellites.

‘The object suspected to be the space plane Object A is emitting a signal,’ said Tilley.

‘Objects D and E were also observed emitting signals by an Australian observer.

‘I also received another report just now of possibly receiving signals from Object B.’

Tilley teamed up with a Swiss group specializing in optical-band space surveillance, and the collaboration has continued to monitor the plane since it was launched on December 15.

Tilley teamed up with a Swiss group specializing in optical-band space surveillance, and the collaboration has continued to monitor the plane since it was launched on December 15.

The Chinese spaceplane was launched a day after the US was forced to scrub the flight of its 'spy' plane (pictured), which the head of the US Space Force said was 'no coincidence.'

The Chinese spaceplane was launched a day after the US was forced to scrub the flight of its ‘spy’ plane (pictured), which the head of the US Space Force said was ‘no coincidence.’

An announcement in the Chinese press described the space plane’s purpose as providing ‘technical support for the peaceful use of space’ – but the country is keeping the details under wraps, as are American officials about their craft.

The Chinese spaceplane was launched a day after the US was forced to scrub the flight of its ‘spy’ plane, which the head of the US Space Force said was ‘not a coincidence.’

‘It’s probably no coincidence that they’re trying to match us in time and sequence,’ General Chance Saltzman, the Space Force’s Chief of Space Operations, said.

Speaking at the Space Force Association’s Spacepower Conference in Orlando, General Saltzman highlighted the sophistication of unmanned and reusable orbital spycrafts, which provide greater operational security than spy satellites.

‘The ability to put something in orbit, do some things, and bring it home and see the results is powerful,’ Saltzman said.

‘No wonder the Chinese are so interested in our spaceplane,’ he said. ‘And we are very interested in them.’

However, despite years of promo photos of America’s Boeing-designed X-37B stealth spacecraft no images of its Chinese rival have been leaked to the public.


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