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October 28, 1995
The Delta Clipper
RLV Technology Program.
Delta Clipper experimental rocket or DC-X is
intended as a development vehicle to pave the way for a reusable
single stage to orbit rocket.
Shown here, in an artists conception, it has made several successful
test flights since its maiden voyage in August of 1993 -
taking off like a
rocket, hovering and moving
horizontally, and landing tail first on a designated landing pad.
The DC-X is actually too heavy and underpowered to achieve orbit,
but as part of NASA's Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology
Program, lessons learned operating the DC-X may help provide
science and industry cheaper access to space.
Tomorrow's picture: Radioactive Clouds in the Milky Way
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