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An experimental spaceplane with aircraft like operations in orbit

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Posted in Science on 20th Sep, 2013 04:10 PM by AlexMuller

The current generation of satellite launch vehicles is expensive to operate, often costing hundreds of millions of dollars per flight. Moreover, U.S. launch vehicles fly only a few times each year and normally require scheduling years in advance, making it extremely difficult to deploy satellites without lengthy pre-planning. Quick, affordable and routine access to space is increasingly critical for U.S. Defense Department operations.

 
Imagine a fully reusable unmanned vehicle that would provide rapid, aircraft-like access to space. It would operate from a “clean pad” with a small ground crew and no need for expensive specialized infrastructure. It would enable routine daily operations and flights from a wide range of locations. And it would deploy small satellites faster and more affordably, while demonstrating technology for next-generation space and hypersonic flight for both government and commercial users.
 
Introducing DARPA‘s new Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program.
 
“We want to build off of proven technologies to create a reliable, cost-effective space delivery system with one-day turnaround,” said Jess Sponable, DARPA program manager heading XS-1. “How it’s configured, how it gets up and how it gets back are pretty much all on the table—we’re looking for the most creative yet practical solutions possible.”


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-20
+7
full re-usability would greatly reduce costs. This is why people like Elon Musk are working on fully reusable rockets. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-21
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Go SpaceX Go Virgin Galactic Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-24
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