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DARPA asks for more money for its ALASA and XS-1 space plane programmes

26 Mar 2014, 19:31 UTC
DARPA asks for more money for its ALASA and XS-1 space plane programmes
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While the U.S. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) may have an air of unreality about it given the limited monies attributed to the project, but it is apparently going forward with its XS-1 (Experimental Spaceplane 1) programme for a reusable space plane to dramatically reduce the costs of getting 1,000-2,500kg satellites into orbit. Its Fiscal Year 2014 spend on the project is $10 million but DARPA proposes increasing this to $27 million for the Fiscal Year 2015 which should include a Preliminary Design Review for a finalist chosen from competitor designs.
For a smaller scale air-launched launch vehicle the agency is pursuing its ALASA (Airborne Launch Assist Space Access) project to which DARPA proposes to invest $55 million in Fiscal Year 2015. This represents a steady increase of over this year’s spend of $42.5 million and $29.3 million in FY 2013. This design may involve the Boeing multi-stage air breathing concept to launch a 45kg payload into low Earth orbit for less than $1 million. Space News reports that the contract to build and demonstrate such a concept has now been formally awarded which could be worth as much as $104 million.
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