has unveiled its vertical-launch, horizontal-landing reusable booster design for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s ( ) XS-1 experimental spaceplane program.
Northrop, teamed with subsidiary Scaled Composites and, is working under a 13-month, $3.9 million Phase 1 preliminary-design contract, awarded in July. Contracts also went to with Blue Origin, and Masten Space Systems with XCOR Aerospace.
Northrop’s unmanned spaceplane is launched vertically from a transporter/erector/launcher, in a "clean pad"-operation with minimum infrastructure and ground crew. The spaceplane is designed for highly autonomous flight operations, the company says.To read more, click here.