Northrop Grumman working on experimental spaceplane design for DARPA

20 August 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic said it is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency´s Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program.

XS-1has a reusable booster that when coupled with an expendable upper stage provides affordable, available and responsive space lift for 3,000-pound class spacecraft into low Earth orbit. Reusable boosters with aircraft-like operations provide a breakthrough in space lift costs for this payload class, enabling new generations of lower cost, innovative and more resilient spacecraft.

The company is defining its concept for XS-1 under a 13-month, phase one contract valued at USD3.9m. In addition to low-cost launch, the XS-1 would serve as a test-bed for a new generation of hypersonic aircraft.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in air and space unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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