Accession Number : ADA192698

Title :   National Aero-Space Plane: A Technology Development and Demonstration Program to Build the X-30.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA192698

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : The National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) Program is a $3.3 billion joint Department of Defense (DOD)/National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) technology development and demonstration program to provide a technological basis for future hypersonic flight vehicles by developing enabling technologies. The program plans to build and test the X-30 experimental flight vehicle to validate these technologies. The X-30 is being designed to take off horizontally from a conventional runway, reach hypersonic speeds of up to Mach 25 (25 times the speed of sound), attain low earth orbit, and return to land on a conventional runway. This report describes the NASP Program and provides a status of the X-30's technological development.

Descriptors :   *AEROSPACEPLANES, DEMONSTRATIONS, EARTH ORBITS, HYPERSONIC FLIGHT, HYPERSONIC VEHICLES, LOW ORBIT TRAJECTORIES

Subject Categories : Civilian Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE