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Lockheed Martin X-33 & Venture Star

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Till it's still there, grab one of the last videos LM released on program - right before tank failure
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/_docs/vid11099801.mpeg
 

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It is to bad that they did not listen to the chief designer that they where not using the right material for the tank.
 

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Enjoy! Promo #3 is one of the most idiotic aerospace ads (at least its beginning) that I've ever seen, though

Lockheed VentureStar Promo #1 - 'The Odyssey Begins'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27I3R5ZkNO4

Lockheed VentureStar Promo #2 - 'Monolith'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KUWIy18QW8

Lockheed VentureStar Promo #3 - 'Extraordinary Vehicle'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKDtXgfiFI4

Lockheed VentureStar Promo #4 - 'Genesis'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DRvr1nh-zk
 

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LASRE tests

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgy89YtgUSM
 

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Johnbr said:
It is to bad that they did not listen to the chief designer that they where not using the right material for the tank.
Unfortunately, that wouldn't have been enough. We're just not able to have lightweight arbitrary-shaped liquid hydrogen tanks right now. Materials science is not yet where it needs to be to make that feasible.

It's not just an if-only-they'd-listened-to-Bob scenario.
 

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More info on the X-33 on the NASA board

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2006/01/x-33venturestar-what-really-happened/

Big thread

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=1184.0
 

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flateric said:
Enjoy! Promo #3 is one of the most idiotic aerospace ads (at least its beginning) that I've ever seen, though

Forget about the 'aerospace' - it may be the most idiotic ad I've ever seen.
 

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Hi,

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/44/1
 

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The music of promo-1 is wonderfull!
What is?

"Water Music Suite, No.2 for Orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe" by George Frideric Handel is at the beginning of Promo 1 and then "The Blue Danube Waltz" by Johann Strauss II.
 

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starviking said:
flateric said:
Enjoy! Promo #3 is one of the most idiotic aerospace ads (at least its beginning) that I've ever seen, though

Forget about the 'aerospace' - it may be the most idiotic ad I've ever seen.

Nothing narrated by the great James Coburn is idiotic ;)
 

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Apparent X-33 component assembly:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/firegroundphotos/sets/72157621889436520/with/3770595135/
 

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Unreal waste of NASA tax dollars, to build and invest to that point then just walk away....what happened to the old NASA "failure is not an option". Appears it died with the Apollo program along with the NASA that put men on the moon. Plain to see why NASA of the 21st century is a bankrupt going nowhere pork based job for vote’s grounded program. What a tragic shame and waste of a once great organization.....classic government based organization. None of them should be allowed to exist for over 15 years they become bloated dark holes of endless spending, corruption and inefficiency.
 

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iirc, Dad worked for a contractor based in Utica, MI called Citation that manufactured the tooling to make the tanks... as you can imagine, a lot of headaches came with that job.
 

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airrocket said:
Unreal waste of NASA tax dollars, to build and invest to that point then just walk away....what happened to the old NASA "failure is not an option". Appears it died with the Apollo program along with the NASA that put men on the moon. Plain to see why NASA of the 21st century is a bankrupt going nowhere pork based job for vote’s grounded program. What a tragic shame and waste of a once great organization.....classic government based organization. None of them should be allowed to exist for over 15 years they become bloated dark holes of endless spending, corruption and inefficiency.

There is such a thing as cutting your losses. there was no point in continuing.

also the last sentence is unwarranted blankets statement.
 

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From the recent Air & Space article:
http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/secrets-skunk-works-180952122/

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Intended as an operational follow-on to the X-33 suborbital spaceplane technology demonstrator, the single-stage-to-orbit VentureStar never left the drawing board. Skunk Works pitched a mission-ready version, carrying a payload of two Militarized Space Planes and 16 Common Aero Vehicles (warhead-equipped hypersonic gliders), to the Air Force with this 20-inch-long stereo lithograph model, made in 1999.


Payload is made for trouble... 16 MIRVs/CAVs and 2 "mini" X-37s!!?? :eek:
 

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does it really shoot does mirvs upward once over target??? or does it roll upside down and shooting it down???
 

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abheiden said:
does it really shoot does mirvs upward once over target??? or does it roll upside down and shooting it down???

"The enemy's gate is down."

There is no Up or Down in space except in relation to another object or reference point.
 

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone had a copy of the graphic that was on the Lockheed X-33 website, showing the 5 or 6 test launches from Edwards.

It showed the suborbital trajectories getting higher and faster, up to the final test which would land at, IIRC, somewhere in Montana.

Any other info, details would be greatly appreciated.

TTR
 

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You mean this one?

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/releases/1999/Feb99/99-008.html
 

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I think that's it. I'm sure I remember it having more flights on it (Maybe up to 5?), and being a bit... nicer? less 90's CGI i think is what I mean. It maybe that I dreamed it!

But still, good find, thanks MoonBat!

TTR
 

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Cutaway of the x-33 and pdf on it.
http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/album/pdf-ww2/p25874-x-33.html
 

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