24 May '17, 3pm

DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane

DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane

DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for the Agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space. The program aims to achieve a capability well out of reach today—launches to low Earth orbit in days, as compared to the months or years of preparation currently needed to get a single satellite on orbit. Success will depend upon significant advances in both technical capabilities and ground operations, but would revolutionize the Nation’s ability to recover from a catastrophic loss of military or commercial satellites, upon which the Nation today is critically dependent. “The XS-1 would be neither a traditional airplane nor a conventional launch vehicle but rather a combina...

Full article: http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2017-05-24

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