Vector rocket will be second stage of DARPA spaceplane for cheap daily microsatellite launches

Posted in Hardware on 24th Oct, 2016
by Alex Muller

DARPA is targeting turnaround times and consistency that would permit XS-1 to launch "10 times in 10 days."

China is developing plans for a suborbital space plane for tourists

Posted in Hardware on 4th Oct, 2016
by Alex Muller

Unlike the Shuttle or the X037B, the smaller version of China's space plane will carry all its fuel internally, and the concept seems to lack booster rockets.

China targets 2030 for operational hybrid hypersonic spaceplane

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2016
by Alex Muller

China claims it will master the spaceplane's technologies in the next three to five years, and a full-scale spaceplane would then enter service by 2030.

Darpa urgently wants a space plane it can fly day after day

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2016
by Alex Muller

DARPA says it's looking to 'enable routine, low cost space access,' making the delivery of satellites to orbit as routine as, say, shipping cargo across the oceans.

DARPA XS-1 Spaceplane Program to Ease Access to Space

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2016
by Alex Muller

DARPA has announced Phase 2 of the XS-1 program, which seeks to design and fabricate an experimental unmanned spaceplane, and fly the vehicle ten times in ten days.