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Reusable Launch Vehicle Programs and Concepts

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Title: Reusable Launch Vehicle Programs and Concepts  
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Introduction: This report examines reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) currently proposed for government, commercial, and public uses. The term “reusable launch vehicle” may refer to several different levels of reuse. Some vehicle concepts are fully reusable (that is, the vehicle launches and lands without jettisoning any stages). Others have one stage that is reusable in combination with other stages that are expendable. The table and text below describe different levels of launch vehicle reusability, from most reusable to least reusable.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction...................................................................................................................................1 Overview of RLV Development Program Areas.........................................................................3 Commercial Launch Programs.......................................................................................................5 United States Government Programs.............................................................................................6 International Concepts..................................................................................................................7 The X PRIZESM............................................................................................................................8 Commercial Launch Programs....................................................................................................9 Advent Launch Services – Heavy Lift Launch System...................................................................9 Kelly Space and Technology – Sprint, Express, & Astroliner.......................................................10 Kistler Aerospace Corporation – K-1..........................................................................................12 Pioneer Rocketplane – Pathfinder ..............................................................................................14 Rotary Rocket Company – Roton-C............................................................................................15 Vela Technology Development – Space Cruiser System...............................................................16 Third Millennium Aerospace – Space Van/Bantam Van................................................................17 David L. Burkhead – Spacecub ....................................................................................................18 Lockheed Martin Corporation – VentureStar...............................................................................19 United States Government Programs........................................................................................20 Clipper Graham (DC-XA) ...........................................................................................................20 X-33 ..........................................................................................................................................21 X-34...........................................................................................................................................23 Future X Trailblazer Program......................................................................................................24 Future X Pathfinder Program.......................................................................................................25 Highly Reusable Space Transportation Program...........................................................................26 X-38/Crew Return Vehicle ..........................................................................................................27 Military Spaceplane.....................................................................................................................29 Space Shuttle..............................................................................................................................30 International Concepts...............................................................................................................32 Bristol Spaceplanes Ltd. – Ascender ............................................................................................32 NASDA – HOPE-X Spaceplane...................................................................................................33 Japanese Rocket Society – Kankoh-Maru ....................................................................

 

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