(Bloomberg) -- China successfully launched an experimental reusable spacecraft Friday to test technologies that will help provide support for activities in space, state media reported. 

The spacecraft was launched on a Long March-2F carrier rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia and will return to a scheduled landing site after a period of in-orbit operation, Xinhua News Agency said. 

China has been expanding its space exploration efforts, including constructing its own space station. US officials criticized China last weekend after remnants of a rocket fell to Earth over the Indian Ocean, saying there was a lack of information-sharing about the trajectory of the debris. 

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