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By 2035 China plans to build a hypersonic aircraft capable of flying anywhere on Earth within an hour and by 2045 it aims to have a fleet of space planes capable of flying in orbit. In a sign of the country’s interplanetary ambitions, Professor Xu said that the hypersonic drones could potentially be flying around Mars in the 2050s.

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  • A 500kg drone, powered by jet engines running on magnesium, could fly at up to 3,800mph, according to calculations by Professor Xu Xu and colleagues at the school of astronautics at Beihang University in Beijing.

  • “The first hypersonic flight on Mars may not