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The X-38 prototypes are intended to perfect a "crew lifeboat" for the International Space Station. The X-38 vehicle 131R demonstrates a huge 7,500 square-foot parafoil that will that will enable the Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) to land on the length of a football field after returning from space. The CRV is intended to serve as an emergency transport to carry a crew to safety in the event of problems with the International Space Station.
X-38 vehicle #131R duri...
November 2, 2000
 
Description The X-38 prototypes are intended to perfect a "crew lifeboat" for the International Space Station. The X-38 vehicle 131R demonstrates a huge 7,500 square-foot parafoil that will that will enable the Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) to land on the length of a football field after returning from space. The CRV is intended to serve as an emergency transport to carry a crew to safety in the event of problems with the International Space Station.
Aerospace industry representatives view actual and mock-up versions of 'X-Planes' intended to enhance access to space during a technical exposition on June 22, 2000 at Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. From left to right: NASA's B-52 launch aircraft, in service with NASA from 1959 to 2004; a neutral-buoyancy model of the Boeing's X-37; the Boeing X-40A behind the MicroCraft X-43 mock-up; Orbital Science's X-34 and the modified Lockheed L-1011 airliner that was intended to launch the X-34. These X-vehicles are part of NASA's Access to Space plan intended to bring new technologies to bear in an effort to dramatically lower the cost of putting payloads in space, and near-space environments. The June 22, 2000 NASA Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) Technology Exposition included presentations on the history, present, and future of NASA's RLV program. Special Sessions for industry representatives highlighted the X-37 project and its related technologies. The X-37 project is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama.
Aerospace industry repr...
June 22, 2000
 
Description Aerospace industry representatives view actual and mock-up versions of 'X-Planes' intended to enhance access to space during a technical exposition on June 22, 2000 at Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. From left to right: NASA's B-52 launch aircraft, in service with NASA from 1959 to 2004; a neutral-buoyancy model of the Boeing's X-37; the Boeing X-40A behind the MicroCraft X-43 mock-up; Orbital Science's X-34 and the modified Lockheed L-1011 airliner that was intended to launch the X-34. These X-vehicles are part of NASA's Access to Space plan intended to bring new technologies to bear in an effort to dramatically lower the cost of putting payloads in space, and near-space environments. The June 22, 2000 NASA Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) Technology Exposition included presentations on the history, present, and future of NASA's RLV program. Special Sessions for industry representatives highlighted the X-37 project and its related technologies. The X-37 project is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama.
The X-38, mounted beneath the right wing of NASA's B-52, climbed from the runway at Edwards Air Force Base for the seventh free flight test of the X-38, July 10, 2001. The X-38 was released at 37,500 feet and completed a thirteen minute glide flight to a landing on Rogers Dry Lake.
NASA's B-52 takes the X...
July 10, 2001
 
Description The X-38, mounted beneath the right wing of NASA's B-52, climbed from the runway at Edwards Air Force Base for the seventh free flight test of the X-38, July 10, 2001. The X-38 was released at 37,500 feet and completed a thirteen minute glide flight to a landing on Rogers Dry Lake.
A newly arrived B-52H is seen here alongside NASA Dryden's venerable B-52 "B" model during its arrival ceremony on August 1, 2001. NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, received the "H" model B-52 Stratofortress aircraft on July 30, 2001. The B-52H will be used as an air-launch aircraft supporting NASA's flight research and advanced technology demonstration efforts. Dryden received the B-52H from the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) 23rd Bomb Squadron, 5th Bombardment Wing (Air Combat Command), located at Minot AFB, N.D. A USAF crew flew the aircraft to Dryden. The aircraft, USAF tail number 61-0025, will be loaned initially, then later transferred from the USAF to NASA. The B-52H is scheduled to leave Dryden Aug. 2 for de-militarization and Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma. The depot-level maintenance is scheduled to last about six months and includes a thorough maintenance and inspection process. It will take about one year for the B-52H to be ready for flight research duties. This time includes PDM, construction of the new pylon, installation of the flight research instrumentation equipment, and aircraft envelope clearance flights.
A newly arrived B-52H i...
August 1, 2001
 
Description A newly arrived B-52H is seen here alongside NASA Dryden's venerable B-52 "B" model during its arrival ceremony on August 1, 2001. NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, received the "H" model B-52 Stratofortress aircraft on July 30, 2001. The B-52H will be used as an air-launch aircraft supporting NASA's flight research and advanced technology demonstration efforts. Dryden received the B-52H from the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) 23rd Bomb Squadron, 5th Bombardment Wing (Air Combat Command), located at Minot AFB, N.D. A USAF crew flew the aircraft to Dryden. The aircraft, USAF tail number 61-0025, will be loaned initially, then later transferred from the USAF to NASA. The B-52H is scheduled to leave Dryden Aug. 2 for de-militarization and Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma. The depot-level maintenance is scheduled to last about six months and includes a thorough maintenance and inspection process. It will take about one year for the B-52H to be ready for flight research duties. This time includes PDM, construction of the new pylon, installation of the flight research instrumentation equipment, and aircraft envelope clearance flights.
NASA's new white B-52H, destined to join a veteran B-52B mother ship at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, was exhibited at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas, April 12, 2002 during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the B-52 series of aircraft.
NASA's veteran silver B...
August 16, 2002
 
Description NASA's new white B-52H, destined to join a veteran B-52B mother ship at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, was exhibited at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas, April 12, 2002 during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the B-52 series of aircraft.
NASA's new white B-52H, destined to join a veteran B-52B mother ship at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, was exhibited at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas, April 12, 2002 during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the B-52 series of aircraft.
NASA's new white B-52H,...
August 16, 2002
 
Description NASA's new white B-52H, destined to join a veteran B-52B mother ship at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, was exhibited at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas, April 12, 2002 during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the B-52 series of aircraft.
NASA's new white B-52H, destined to join a veteran B-52B mother ship at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, was exhibited at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas, April 12, 2002 during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the B-52 series of aircraft.
NASA's new white B-52H,...
August 16, 2002
 
Description NASA's new white B-52H, destined to join a veteran B-52B mother ship at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, was exhibited at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas, April 12, 2002 during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the B-52 series of aircraft.
November 1967, resulting in the death of Maj. Michael J. Adams.
X-15 mounted to B-52 mo...
probably 1962
 
Description November 1967, resulting in the death of Maj. Michael J. Adams.
F-15 RPRV Spin Research...
1975
 
B-52/Pegasus with X-43A...
The NASA X-43A hyperson...
April 28, 2001
 
B-52/Pegasus with X-43A...
The NASA X-43A hyperson...
April 28, 2001
 
B-52/Pegasus with X-43A...
The NASA X-43A hyperson...
April 28, 2001
 
Close view of B-52/Pega...
The NASA X-43A hyperson...
April 28, 2001
 
Moments after release f...
The first X-43A hyperso...
June 2, 2001
 
Ignition of the Pegasus...
The first X-43A hyperso...
June 2, 2001
 
X-15 mounted to B-52 mo...
This photo shows one of...
4 Nov. 1960
 
X-15 Mated to B-52 Capt...
One of three X-15 rocke...
1959
 
Spin Research Vehicle (...
This in-flight photo of...
1981
 
M2-F3 In-flight Launch ...
This photo shows the M2...
August 10, 1971
 
B-52 Testing Developmen...
An experimental drag ch...
August 2, 1990
 
Pegasus Mated to B-52 M...
NASA's B-52 launch airc...
July 1991
 
B-52 Testing Developmen...
A rear view of NASA's B...
August 2, 1990
 
Pegasus Mated under Win...
A close-up view of the ...
August 2, 1994
 
Dryden B-52 Launch Airc...
NASA's venerable workho...
November 1996
 
Dryden B-52 Launch Airc...
NASA's venerable B-52 m...
November 1996
 
Close-up of Wing Fit Ch...
The new pylon for the X...
1997
 
X-38 on B-52 Wing Pylon...
A unique, close-up view...
November 19, 1997
 
X-38 Ship #2 in Free Fl...
The X-38 research vehic...
July 1999
 
X-38 Ship #2 Mated to B...
This photo shows one of...
July 9, 1999
 
DAST Mated to B-52 on R...
Technicians mount a BQM...
March 10, 1979
 
HL-10 on lakebed with B...
NASA research pilot Bil...
May 20, 1969
 
X-24A in Powered Flight...
The X-24A lights its XL...
1970
 
X-15 Mated to B-52 Capt...
High-altitude contrails...
1960
 
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