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Rutan\'s White Knight Carries X-37 Space Plane Aloft

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Jun 22, 2005 10:12 am
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By Leonard David, The X-37 — an unpiloted, reusable spaceplane – made its first captive-carry flight today under the wings of the White Knight, flying above Mojave, California desert.

The Boeing, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NASA-supported vehicle had undergone a systematic step-by-step pre-flight checkout.

At the Mojave, California Spaceport Scaled Composites’ White Knight carrier plane had previously taken the X-37 for repeated runs down the runway – all in preparation for today’s liftoff and return landing of the twosome.

Tagged by DARPA as an Approach and Landing Test Vehicle (ALTV), the X-37 will undergo captive carry flights, followed by high-altitude drop tests through the summer, according to DARPA spokesperson, Jan Walker.

Read more at Space.com

Pictures at Alan’s Mojave Weblog

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