28 Feb '15, 10pm

Video: Pentagon Wants F-15 Jets Launching Satellites into Orbit:

Video: Pentagon Wants F-15 Jets Launching Satellites into Orbit:

Video: Pentagon Wants F-15 Jets Launching Satellites into Orbit by Mike Hoffman on February 27, 2015 The Pentagon wants to launch satellites from a fighter jet as it seeks to lower the costs of sending Defense Department satellites into space. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is leading the project called Airborne Launch Assist Space Access, or ALASA. Bradford Tousley, director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, said earlier this month the agency plans to execute the program’s first flight demonstration by the end of the year and then 12 orbital tests in 2016. Engineers have designed a launch vehicle that can be carried under an F-15 . The F-15 would carry the launch vehicle to a high enough altitude before the launch vehicle would separate from the aircraft. The vehicle would then use its own rocket boosters to leave the Earth’s atmosphere before ...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2015/02/27/video-pentagon-wants-f-...

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