Category Archives: DARPA

DARPA chooses Boeing for their XS-1 space plane project

The Boeing Company was chose by DARPA to continue development process their version of future space plane known under XS-1 codename.  Boeing has been chosen from group of other companies which unfortunately did not reached advanced design work phase. Projects presented by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and Masten Space Systems have Phase 1 have not met acceptance…
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DARPA signs agreement with SSL in spite of Orbital ATK law suit

DARPA decided to sign agreement with SSL covering continuing program of creating jointly robotic space vehicle able to service satellites remaining on orbit. It is important step for recovering many government satellites remaining on orbit. Joint effort of SSL developing satellite bus and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) with advanced work on payload entered…
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SSL won contract for robotic arm for DARPA’s GEO service satellite

DARPA is still developing own spacecraft able to perform service on satellites remaining on GEO orbit. Project is called Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) and just three days ago DARPA chosen one of the key subcontractors for this project. It is second American government project of future space logistic spacecraft along with NASA Restore-L project…
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American nearly SABRE – second Proposers’ Day of AFRE !

Darpa is still continuing different projects to start reducing launch costs in the United States. Today maybe one of the parts of such project has chance to begun-second Proposers' Day is finished ! AFRE is Advanced Full Range Engine project which could operate as combination of jet and rocket engine in little similar way like British…
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XS-1 program enters in next phase

XS-1 project is under development by by three contractors along with their partners: Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems chosen by DARPA. On April 7, 2016, it is entering in next phase. XS-1 program of new unmanned spaceplane was started in 2013 as alternative launch vehicle for military purposes. At the beginning following companies joined…
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Have broken satellite? Call to DARPA for RSV!

It seems that in nearest future science fiction writers will be forced to try harder to earn for their "fiction" in name. DARPA announced on March 25, 2016, their new research program. This time it will be truly creative and peaceful technology; it is called RSGS (Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites) and is perfect solution…
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DARPA budget request under sign of scramjets

DARPA is still considering scramjet propulsion, with particular emphasis of universal turbojet-scramjet type, as future for missiles and space vehicles. It is not very hard to spot difference between technologies and general trends in USA civilian and military. It is result of different perspectives of NASA and US Air Force, different objectives and different methods…
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Secret success – Boeing X37

Boeing X37 remains most successful space plane in last decade. Due its designation as military technology demonstrator it is not well known construction. Since 2010 X37, unmanned military test space plane is performing test missions in space. Its success is not well known, but is undisputable. In all test missions two operational X37B spent 1367 days…
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DARPA suspending ALASA – no further tests in 2016

ALASA (Airborne Launch Assist Space Access) program was innovative concept of injecting small satellites into orbit with cost under $1 million with launch vehicle similar to antisatellite missile carried by F15E fighter. Unfortunately "is" suddenly became "was". DARPA announced on their website about suspending ALASA program. According to official statement: "As of November 2015, DARPA…
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Checkmate for antisatellite weapon

Many different projects of spaceplanes are under the development. From commercial projects focused on space tourism like SpaceShipOne or large projects supported by government like British Skylon. Different approaches have one thing in common: make flights into space more accessible.  Word "accessible" has different meanings. From the point of view of Company specialized in space tourism it means…
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