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X-37 and Mojave/Scaled

Posted by: koxinga - Wed Sep 15, 2004 2:48 am
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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 15, 2005 7:30 pm
Now that is impressive.


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jun 16, 2005 1:38 pm
Why, oh WHY hasn't anybody thought of such a painfully obviously simple solution to the air-launch problem before? Oh, wait... Burt never did it before. Nevermind, it makes sense now.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 22, 2005 11:06 am
Ok, we have an opportunity to keep a dying thread alive with an update ...

Scaled has started winging around with the X37 in captive carry flights ...

Taxi tests started around about May 30
Captive flights on June 21

First unmanned SS1 captive carry flight May 20, 2003
First manned SS1 captive carry flight July 29, 2003
First SS1 drop August 7, 2003

So, guessing that since they don't have to bother with the manned part, and that the X-37 flight systems have been largely vetted by the X-40A program, then I bet WhiteKnight starts dropping that sucker pretty soon. Within a month or two.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:46 pm
Good point doc!
" bet WhiteKnight starts dropping that sucker pretty soon" nice! :D

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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 22, 2005 3:08 pm
Hmm... too bad DARPA is only using it for approach and landing tests. It's just a brick with wings, like Shuttle Enterprise, probably no real rocket motor.

...unless Burt's buddies from Poway (i.e. SpaceDev) are in on this one. There was some press about them contributing to some NASA/DARPA project involving hypersonic research with possibly orbital goals; details were not forthcoming, but perhaps they are the same project?


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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:14 pm
Would be very interesting what they pay to Scale Composites for all the services.



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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:40 pm
Yes it would. I bet it is a lot too. It may even be public record. At least I would think a government payment to a contractor would be public record.


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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:45 pm
You'd think.

Except for the DARPA part.


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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:39 pm
Even DARPA payments should be public, as least for a non-classified project like this.


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:11 am
I mentioned to be interested in the payments to Scaled merely because it is a contribution to the financial ressources for other projects: CXV or Virgin Galactic's vehicles for example...



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Post    Posted on: Mon Jun 27, 2005 12:00 pm
Unfortunately, SawSS1Jun21, NASA's hypersonics research program is currently six feet under. And DARPA sure ain't talkin' about what they're doing.

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