Russian answer to X-37; Solar sail missions update; NASA lander prototype update

Russia is working on its own X-37 style spaceplane: Russian answer to U.S. reusable robotic spacecraft in the offing – RIA Novosti (via Jeff Foust).

I’ll note that the Soviets put small the BOR-4 lifting body spaceplanes into orbit 3 times in the 1980s. Find lots of history about Soviet/Russian spaceplane designs and projects at Astronautix. == Paul Gilster gives an overview of the two solar sails currently operating in space: Good News from Both Sail Missions – Centauri Dreams. === Here’s an update on the lunar lander development project at MSFC: NASA’s new lander prototype “skates” through testing – NASA/Physorg/


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