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DARPA Seeks to Develop Reusable XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane

Artist’s concept of DARPA Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 deploying satellites to low-Earth orbit. Credit: DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is moving forward with its goal of developing the next generation XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane aimed at creating a fully reusable unmanned vehicle to launch small payloads into orbit at radically lower costs.

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NASA Announces New Strategic Vision for Aeronautics Research

Photo Credit: NASA/ Carla Thomas

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has unveiled a new strategic vision that will better align the work of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to address looming challenges in global air transportation.

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New 'Dream Chaser' Space Plane Ready to Start Testing

Artist’s conception of the Dream Chaser launching on an Atlas V rocket.Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

With the ending of the Space Shuttle program, NASA is now turning to private companies to design and build new spacecraft to take astronauts into orbit. One of the most interesting concepts, the Dream Chaser, is now ready [...]

Boeing X-51A WaveRider Makes Longest Hypersonic Flight to Date

Boeing’s X-51A Waverider has successfully completed the longest-duration test flight to date, reaching speeds of Mach 5.1. Photo Credit: USAF

Boeing’s X-51A Waverider unmanned hypersonic test vehicle completed the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered flight to date under the program. This flight was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base in California on May 1. The flight [...]

X-48 Project Completes Flight Research for Cleaner, Quieter Aircraft

The unique X-48B Blended Wing Body subscale demonstrator banks over desert scrub at Edwards AFB. NASA photo / Carla Thomas

EDWARDS, Calif — NASA’s remotely piloted X-48C hybrid-wing-body subscale aircraft, which demonstrates technology concepts for cleaner and quieter commercial air travel, completed an eight-month flight research campaign on April 9.

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NASA Flies Radar South on Wide-Ranging Scientific Expedition

Photo Credit: Tony Landis / NASA

WASHINGTON — A versatile NASA airborne imaging radar system is showcasing its broad scientific prowess for studying our Home Planet during a month-long expedition over the Americas.

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SpaceShipTwo Conducts Glide Test

Photo Courtesy of Bill Deaver

SpaceShipTwo conducted a successful glide test yesterday at the Mojave Air and Space port in Mojave, Calif. Lifted into the air a little after 7 a.m. local time, SpaceShipTwo was carried into the sky, released, and landed around 8:40 a.m. PDT, according to a report on the website Parabolic [...]

USAF Thunderbirds End Their Short 2013 Air Show Season on Florida’s Space Coast

The TICO Warbird Air Show brought some thunder to Florida’s Space Coast this weekend—shortly thereafter Mother Nature brought some thunder of her own. The air show was held March 22-24. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / www.ZeroGNews.com

This article is used with permission by Zero G News.

This past weekend Titusville, Fla., played host to the [...]

TICO Air Show to Rock Space Coast this Weekend

The TICO Warbird Air Show will feature the high-flying skills of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and will take place March 22-24. Photo Credit: John Studwell

TITUSVILLE, Fla — This year will mark the 36th that the Valiant Air Command has held its annual TICO Warbird Airshow, and spectators will be able to view vintage and [...]

Florida Space Day Closing Ceremonies Highlight Current State of Space Industry

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace with elements provided by Space Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Whenever NASA announces that a contract is open for bidding, the competition between aerospace firms can be fierce. However, these divisions fade on Florida Space Day, as teams consisting of representatives from United Launch Alliance work side-by-side [...]