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Re: DARPA Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)
« Reply #78 on: July 13, 2016, 11:59:08 am »

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Re: DARPA Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)
« Reply #82 on: May 10, 2017, 11:02:03 pm »
DARPA XS-1 Spaceplane Award Coming Soon

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency expects to award a contract for the XS-1 spaceplane program “soon,” according to a contractor authorized to speak about the program. Michael Arnone of Spire Communications said DARPA is indeed in the final stages of a “downselect” to choose one company to proceed into the flying phase of the spaceplane, which is meant to be a two-stage to orbit vehicle potentially able to bring down the cost of space lift “by orders of magnitude,” according to DARPA’s website. Arnone acknowledged that program plans called for the downselect in late 2016 or early this year, but “this is the government and things sometimes take time,” he said. Phase I of the program explored concepts offered by Boeing partnered with Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems teamed with XCOR Aerospace, and Northrop Grumman working with Virgin Galactic. However, the Phase II contractor won’t necessarily be chosen from the three Phase I participants. After downselect, a critical design review would take place in 2018 and a series of flights could be made as early as 2020. One of the program requirements is to fly 10 suborbital or orbital missions in as many days, achieving space operations with “aircraft-like” frequency, DARPA said. If successful, a “public-private partnership” model of operating the vehicles could be adopted, DARPA documents show.
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Re: DARPA Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)
« Reply #83 on: May 11, 2017, 07:43:40 am »
It will be interesting to see who wins the competition.  Good to see Virgin Galactic and Northrop working together.

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Re: DARPA Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)
« Reply #84 on: May 11, 2017, 07:52:48 am »
It will be interesting to see who wins the competition.  Good to see Virgin Galactic and Northrop working together.

Not surprising really, considering the VG / Scaled Composites relationship.
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Re: DARPA Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)
« Reply #85 on: May 11, 2017, 09:12:34 am »
It will be interesting to see who wins the competition.  Good to see Virgin Galactic and Northrop working together.

Not surprising really, considering the VG / Scaled Composites relationship.
I see the booster on it's back breaking away to reveal an HTV-2  ;D
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Re: DARPA Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)
« Reply #88 on: Today at 08:53:18 am »
From the video description:

"DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for the Agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space."

So this award is just for design work.  I don't have expectations that they will get much past there.  I wonder who Boeing is thinking about for the reusable rockets.