|NASA's Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) program has dual objectives: to demonstrate technologies leading to a new generation of space boosters capable of delivering payloads at significantly lower cost,|
|Launched in 1994, the RLV program moved ahead on two fronts in 1996 with a restructuring of the X-34 air-launched small booster project and selection of a contractor for development of the larger X-33 technology demonstrator.|
In development for first flight in 1999 is the NASA/Lockheed Martin X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator, intended as the prototype of a 21st century low-cost-to-orbit reusable launch vehicle.
Ames Research Center will contribute thermal protection technology and Langley Research Center will handle computational fluid dynamics and aerodynamic testing.
Industry firms participating include AlliedSignal Aerospace, Torrance, California, which is developing advanced avionics and hydraulic power systems; Oceaneering Space Systems, Houston, Texas (re-entry thermal control); and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts (navigation and guidance technology). Reusable Launch Vehicle FULL TEXT
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