The Fall and Rise of

As the X-37B ends its first mission and the X-34 program looks at a potential new start – are we at the dawn of a new age of ‘X’? Photo Credit: NASA

They are at the very edge of current U.S. technological capabilities; one is a supposedly mothballed technology test-bed, the other a super-secret space plane that is currently on orbit – but set to land soon. They are the X-planes, experimental spacecraft that are proving out concepts and capabilities whose beginnings can be traced to the dawn of the space age.(…) Read the rest of The Fall and Rise of ‘X’ (587 words)

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