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  • PICTURES: NASA moves X-34s out of storage, considers return to flight status

    Two X-planes parked in storage by NASA for nearly 10 years have been moved to a new facility to be inspected for a possible return to flying status, the...

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  • PICTURES: NASA moves X-34s out of storage, considers return to flight status

    News | 19 Nov 2010 18:06

    Two X-planes parked in storage by NASA for nearly 10 years have been moved to a new facility to be inspected for a possible return to flying status, the...
  • X-planes advance

    News | 05 Aug 2002 23:00

    <p>GRAHAM WARWICK / WASHINGTON DC</p> <p>US industry is pushing for government funding of more X-vehicle experimental programmes in a drive to maintain its technological edge in aerospace</p> <p>From the X-1 to the X-50, over a span of 56 years, the USA's famous series of experimental vehicles has contributed uniquely, if not always successfully, to the advancement of aerospace. </p> <p>The pace with which X-programmes are launched has picked up in recent years, with an emphasis on demonstrating technology for unmanned air vehicles and reusable launch vehicles. </p> <p>US industry would like to see the pace increase further, as flight demonstrators help to attract new talent, as well as to develop the skills and retain the services of experienced engineers. </p> <p>Despite a high mortality rate among modern X-vehicle programmes - for technical and budgetary reasons - several are active, and more are likely to emerge from programmes such as NASA's Space Launch Initiative. </p> <p>
  • Cutting to the bone

    News | 16 Jul 2001 23:00

    <p>GRAHAM WARWICK / WASHINGTON DC</p> NASA is restructuring its aerospace research in the face of budget pressures and demands from US industry for more support for aeronautics <p>US aerospace research and development is at a crossroads. The industry's engine of innovation, NASA, is stalled by budget overruns on the International Space Station (ISS) and beset by criticism of its investment priorities. The agency has launched a fundamental revamp of its research agenda, but could be pre-empted by Congress' increasing concern that the USA is losing its technology edge. </p> <p>NASA, facing cost overruns on the Space Station of between $4.8 billion and $5.4 billion, has been instructed by the new Bush Administration to make the cuts necessary to stay within the $25 billion programme cap (see P30). While the ISS itself is taking the deepest cuts, the consequences are being felt across the agency. </p> <p>The problems are evident in the confusion surrounding NASA's experimental vehicle
  • Goldin makes the jump to leapfrog technologies

    News | 11 Jun 2001 23:00

    <p>RAMON LOPEZ / WASHINGTON DC</p> <p>The US debate over research and development spending priorities is particularly vocal over the future of aeronautics. While the US Congress ultimately controls the purse strings at NASA, administrator Dan Goldin - a holdover from the Clinton presidency - has signalled clearly where he intends to spend his research dollars. </p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=5623' /></p> <p>He plans to restructure aerospace research to focus resources on long-term revolutionary "leapfrog" technologies, ending NASA support for near-term product development by US industry. The restructuring is part of NASA's fiscal year 2002 budget request, which seeks a 2% increase in funding to $14.5 billion. The spending blueprint, for example, earmarks funding for "morphing aircraft" which change their shape using smart structures and controls, but is at the expense of programmes with a narrow, near-term focus. </p> <p>NASA's $26 million rotorcraft programme will
  • Slow road to reusability

    News | 01 Jan 2000 00:00

    The shift to reusable launch vehicles will be far slower and more incremental than was once considered possible and desirable <p>Over 30 years ago, in his film 2001: a space odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick gave us his vision of a future in which man could travel from the Earth to the moon and beyond in a seamless space transportation system. As 2001 approaches, that vision is still a long way from fulfilment. </p> <p>Before man had even set foot on the moon, Kubrick asked the US aerospace industry to help create his vision of the future. It stands as a testament to their far-sightedness that NASA now uses the promotion poster for 2001, showing the Pan Am Clipper aerospaceplane, to illustrate its concept for a fourth-generation reusable launch vehicle (RLV) that could enter service around 2040 and allow routine passenger space travel. </p> <p>NASA now acknowledges that a truly reusable launch vehicle is still several decades away. Until recently, it was planning to replace the par
  • US Government wants cash for NASA

    News | 03 Nov 1999 00:00

    <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=3591' /></p> <p>The Clinton Administration is to request money in next year's budget for NASA to start a five-year programme to develop technology for a next-generation reusable launch vehicle (RLV). </p> <p>NASA has concluded that "the current commercial market and the state of technology are not sufficiently favourable to enable private-sector development of second-generation RLV without government cost-sharing", chief engineer Daniel Mulville told Congress last week. </p> <p>Instead, the agency plans to spend more than $5 billion over the next five years to prepare for a competition in 2005 to select a vehicle that will replace the Space Shuttle. That contest is expected to pit a Shuttle-derived vehicle against a new RLV. </p> <p>Mulville says NASA is working with the Administration's Office of Management and Budget to draw up an investment plan that would "maintain competition and reduce the risk associated with developing second-gene