Canadian Spaceplane (maybe...)

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Don't know if this has been posted before, but Canadian company PlanetSpace (to which I am sort of connected) got the rights to the FDL-07 lifting body concept. Right now they are building what they call the Silver Dart, and it'a planned that it will form the basis of a family of launch vehicles. They're in the running for the NASA COTS (Comercial Off-The-Shelf) crew transfer contract with this system.
 

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Wow, it looks interesting. But COTS contractors were allready selected. At 18. August 2006 NASA announced that they ordered two solutions:

1. Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (Space-X) received 278 mil. USD for its Falcon 9 rocket and space capsule Dragon

2. Rocketplane Kistler received 207 mil. USD for its Kistler rocket, powered by four russian NK-33 engines, renamed as AJ-26 to cover its origin.
 

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Some more images of Silver Dart are attached, from the media section of the PlanetSpace website.
 

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...Anyone else see a swipe of the UR-700/900 concept in that booster design?
 

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What I see in that big bad booster is a tragic orbital solution to a novel lifting body design. The USA needed that lifting body I think the monster booster gave it a still birth. How PS chose to go with that monster booster concept in light of more cosst effective FDL-7 air breathing deeply cooled rocket concepts TU based air launch combo boggles my mind. A sad day indeed for USA manned space program when NASA failed to run with the FDL-7. I currently building a RPV air augmented FDL-7 switch blade design.
 

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Air breathing is really really complex and expensive compared to relatively simple and established rockets.
 

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Does anyone know what happened to the replica?

Whatever happened to the engineering mockup....According to the PlanetSpace Wiki entry, the company folded in 2013. Not a word about the mockup tho. Be a shame to see at least that bit of effort scrappped instead of saved.
 

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