October 28, 1998 |
Boeing has fallen seven months behind schedule and is facing mounting costs on its revolutionary engine for the X-33 rocket plane, an experimental vehicle at the heart of NASA's effort to develop a low-cost reusable space launcher, the government disclosed Tuesday. The setback was caused by technical difficulties in bonding key high-temperature engine parts at Boeing's Rocketdyne facility in Canoga Park, where the X-33's novel linear aerospike engine is being built.
March 19, 1999 |
Northrop Grumman said Thursday that it has taken a $30-million equity stake in Kistler Aerospace, the start-up company that aims to build a fleet of reusable launch vehicles to ferry satellites and other payloads into orbit. Northrop also said it would invest an additional $30 million in cash-strapped Kistler if the company proves it has the financial wherewithal to proceed with its first test launch, scheduled for early next year.
July 15, 1999 |
Boeing Co. and NASA reached agreement on a $173-million contract to jointly develop an experimental space plane, called the X-37, that will serve as a test bed for new technologies for reusable launch vehicles. NASA is pushing development of reusable space vehicles, including the suborbital X-33 shuttle, as key to its goal of reducing the cost of placing space vehicles and cargo into orbit.
September 11, 1997 |
The summer was anything but a vacation for Kistler Aerospace, the 4-year-old start-up that is building a fleet of reusable launch vehicles to ferry satellites and other payloads into low Earth orbit. Kistler's K-1 is a two-stage launch vehicle, and both stages will contain special rockets and parachutes to guide the pieces back to Earth for reuse.
May 19, 1996 |
A prototype reusable rocket, intended as a forerunner of the space shuttle's eventual replacement, briefly burst into flames Saturday after completing its first flight. Damage was superficial and the flight was a success, said officials for the Delta Clipper-Experimental Advanced rocket program.