China has test-flown a new manned spacecraft. It had no one in it; this was a test flight only. This was also the maiden flight of the Long March 7 rocket, launching from the brand-new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island, which will allow China to launch from a lower latitude. The rocket performed flawlessly. The reentry module of the spacecraft, a scaled-down version of what will be flown later, is intriguing as it is a departure from their previous Soyuz-derived vehicles. Gone is the “headlamp” shape; it’s a truncated cone instead, like the vehicles under development in the US right now.
Return of the reentry capsule: