26 May '17, 2am

#military

#military

Launching satellites into orbit could get a lot cheaper thanks to an experimental space plane. SEE ALSO: NASA's new space fabric looks like chain mail and can protect astronauts This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed the design for the XS-1, which is set to be built by Boeing. The hypersonic aircraft would launch vertically, deploy a second stage to carry a satellite into orbit, and then land like a normal airplane. Although the aircraft is still in the concept phase, DARPA believes the final result will be a vehicle that will provide "short-notice, low-cost access to space" for both military and commercial use. Initial tests of the XS-1 technology will attempt 10 flights over the course of 10 days with the ultimate goal being routine low-Earth orbit flights for around $5 million or less per launch. (Currently, it costs SpaceX about $62 m...

Full article: http://mashable.com/2017/05/25/darpa-space-plane/

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DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane

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darpa.mil 24 May '17, 3pm

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defensenews.com 25 May '17, 4am

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cleantechnica.com 25 May '17, 4pm

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army.mil 24 May '17, 9pm

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edn.com 25 May '17, 4pm

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