Three Teams Selected for DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane

http://www.citizensinspace.org/2014/07/three-teams-selected-for-darpas-experimental-spaceplane/

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the selection of three teams to conduct Phase One design studies for the agency’s Experimental SpacePlane 1 (XS-1).

DARPA has selected Boeing (working with Blue Origin), Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace), and Northrop Grumman Corporation (working with Virgin Galactic) to design the reusable experimental spaceplane, which is expected to fly ten times in ten days, fly to Mach 10+ at least once, and launch a 3,000-5,000 pound payload to orbit.

DARPA Experimental SpacePlane-1 (XS-1) launch

Story Credit: Citizens in Space (citizensinspace.org ), July 15, 2014
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