ACCESS: Above Top Secret
- Apr 2, 2006
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Does anyone know source of this drawing?
...program called HAVE REGION executed in the late 1980’s. HAVE REGION fabricated and tested major airframe cross sections of high propellant mass fraction RLV’s. The airframe cross sections were then tested using liquid nitrogen in the propellant tanks and quartz lamps on the outside to simulate multiple ascent and orbital reentry mission cycles respectively. Throughout the test, dynamic mechanical loads representative of the ascent and descent environment were imposed on the test structure.
Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, and McDonnell Douglas built and tested airframe cross sections at scales ranging from 40 to 100% of full scale and at costs ranging from $11 to 15 million.
flateric said:During October 1985 the USAF ASC launched the Advanced Aerospace Vehicle (AAV) program to develop advanced hypersonic military aircraft.
quellish said:I have to dig around quite a bit to find it, but I do have an interesting public reference to this program from several years later.
Meteorit said:Copper Canyon and NASP
Contractors included Boeing, Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas, General Dynamics and Rockwell, with Pratt & Whitney and General Electric for propulsion research. Rocketdyne later contributed to NASP under its own funding. In October 1987, following Phase 2A evaluation, Lockheed and Boeing were dropped from the NASP program, alongside General Electric.
Single Stage to Orbit, Politics - Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry, Andrew J. ButricaLockheed named its Science Dawn vehicle the Zero Length Launch TransAtmospheric Vehicle (ZEL-TAV). McDonnell Douglas called its vehicle the Global Range Mach 29 Aerospace Plane (GRM-29A), while Boeing proposed its RASV.