Detail View: Dryden Image Gallery: X-40A Space Manuever Vehicle

Title: 
X-40A Space Manuever Vehicle
Creator: 
NASA
Description: 
EC01-0148-21 X-40A Free Flight #5. The unpowered X-40A, an 85 percent scale risk reduction version of the proposed X-37, proved the capability of an autonomous flight control and landing system in a series of glide flights at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the X-37 project. At Dryden, the X-40A underwent a series of ground and air tests to reduce possible risks to the larger X-37, including drop tests from a helicopter to check guidance and navigation systems planned for use in the X-37. The X-37 is designed to demonstrate technologies in the orbital and reentry environments for next-generation reusable launch vehicles that will increase both safety and reliability, while reducing launch costs from $10,000 per pound to $1,000 per pound. May 8, 2001 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
Date: 
05/08/2001
Identifier: 
356625main_EC01-0148-21_full
MediaType: 
Image
MediaType: 
image
Collection: 
NASA_Dryden_Multimedia_X-40A_Image_Gallery
Year: 
2001
Where: 
Alabama
Where: 
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Where: 
California
Where: 
Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)