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

Title: 
X-40A Space Manuever Vehicle
Creator: 
NASA
Description: 
EC01-0070-1 The X-40A immediately after release from its harness suspended from a helicopter 15,000 feet above NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on March 14, 2001. The unpiloted X-40 is a risk-reduction vehicle for the X-37, which is intended to be a reusable space vehicle. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala, manages the X-37 project. At Dryden, the X-40A will undergo 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. March 14, 2001 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas
Date: 
03/14/2001
Identifier: 
356686main_EC01-0070-1_full
MediaType: 
Image
MediaType: 
image
Collection: 
NASA_Dryden_Multimedia_X-40A_Image_Gallery
Year: 
2001
Where: 
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Where: 
California
Where: 
Edwards Air Force Base
Where: 
Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)