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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How To Hit A Landing Target On Mars … Potentially, Precisely and Perfectly!

A Xombie technology demonstrator from Masten Space Systems. Photo Credit: NASA / Masten

It’s frustrating to make it all the way to Mars, only to land in the wrong spot. So as Masten Space Systems tests its Xombie vertical-launch-vertical-landing rocket prototype on Earth, engineers are also examining a software solution to make Red […]

Masten Space Systems’ Xombie and Genie Conduct Highest Altitude, Longest Duration Flight to Date

Guided by Charles Stark Draper Laboratory’s GENIE navigation and control system, Xombie performs its perfect test-flight on 25 March, reaching a peak altitude of more than 1,600 feet and translating laterally by almost 1,000 feet. Photo Credit: NASA/Masten Space Systems

Masten Space Systems has successfully test-flown its Xombie space-access technology demonstrator to a […]

NASA Selects Experimental Commercial Suborbital Flight Payloads

Image Credit: NASA’s Commercial Space Partners

In yet another effort to strengthen ties with emerging commercial space companies, NASA has tapped 13 technology payloads to fly on commercial vehicles as part of its Flight Opportunities program. These range from rockets and space planes to balloons. NASA hopes that these flights will allow those […]

Payloads Workshop Highlights Commercial Space Efforts

Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium hosted a work shop on space flight payloads this week in Cocoa, Florida. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium sponsored the first Space Flight Payloads Workshop at the Florida Solar Energy Center in […]

Rocket-Powered Landing Demonstrator Makes Successful First Flight

GENIE and Xombie on the pad: Masten Space Systems' Xombie rocket with Draper Laboratory's GENIE flight control system rests on its launch pad at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Photo Credit: Draper Lab

MOJAVE, Calif. – The first successful free flight of a new rocket-powered vertical landing demonstrator occurred recently […]