|Pictures from GoogleEarth have now been posted at China-Defense and on Chinese internet sites that show some sort of test track facility in the Shanghai area (the "Jiangchuan Road" facility is what one poster called it). It does not look to me like an actual carrier deck catapult facility configured to actually conduct aircraft launches, as there is no provision for any aircraft at this facility. However, it does look like something that could be testing catapult technology and designs. Another poster outlined in a close up of the track a section of interest that apparently is about the right length for a carrier catapult. On the other hand, the test track is *much* longer than necessary for a catapult, and it seems to me that it could also be for use in some other type of high speed sled testing (just exactly what other sort of testing, I haven't a clue). When I first saw the area view I did get pretty excited by what appeared to be a ski-jump at the front. However, the close-up clearly shows that it is not ramped or elevated at all, and I was initially fooled by the tapering outline at one end of the track. All-in-all, I find it very interesting, and it certainly appears like it could be involved in testing of aircraft carrier catapult technologies.