[Fwd: NEW X-34 SPACEPLANE TO BE UNVEILED AT DRYDEN]

Mike DiMuzio (mdimuzio@cisnet.com)
Fri, 23 Apr 1999 01:56:13 +0000

> 
> Jim Cast
> Headquarters, Washington, DC               April 22, 1999
> (Phone:  202/358-1779)
> 
> Leslie A. Mathews
> Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA
> (Phone:  661/258-3893)
> 
> Dominic Amatore
> Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
> (Phone:  256/544-0031)
> 
> Barron Beneski
> Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, VA
> (Phone:  703/406-5000)
> 
> NOTE TO EDITORS: N99-21
> 
> NEW X-34 SPACEPLANE TO BE UNVEILED AT DRYDEN
> 
>     NASA will unveil a new reusable, robotic rocket plane in
> the high desert of California next week.
> 
>      The first of three X-34 demonstration vehicles will be
> "rolled out" at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center,
> Edwards, CA, on Friday, April 30, opening an era of low-cost
> reusable space planes.
> 
>      The X-34, a single-engine rocket plane, will fly itself
> using onboard computers. The vehicle is approximately 58
> feet long, 28 feet wide at wing tip and 11 feet tall from
> the bottom of the fuselage to the top of the tail.  The X-34
> will launch from an L-1011 airliner and will reach altitudes
> of up to 250,000 feet and travel up to eight times faster
> than the speed of sound.
> 
>      Flights of the X-34 will test many new technologies:
> composite material structures, composite tanks and new,
> integrated avionics. The vehicle also will demonstrate the
> ability to fly through inclement weather, land horizontally
> at a designated landing site, and safely abort during
> flight. The planned 27 flights within a year will
> demonstrate the program's ability to fly within 24 hours of
> its last mission, using a small ground crew.
> 
>      The X-34 has completed ground vibration tests, ensuring
> there will be no potentially hazardous vibrations during
> flight.  The L-1011 and the X-34 prototype were tested
> separately and together at Dryden.
> 
>      After the rollout, the X-34 will be mounted underneath
> the L-1011 and flown on "captive-carry" flights to allow the
> Federal Aviation Administration to approve modifications to
> the L-1011.  When powered flights begin for X-34, the
> demonstrator will be carried aloft and separate from the L-
> 1011 before igniting its rocket engine. Following the
> powered portion of flight, the unpiloted X-34 will land
> horizontally, initially on a dry lakebed and eventually on a
> runway.
> 
>      The April 30 rollout, which is open to the media, will
> air live on NASA Television. A press conference will be held
> at 1 p.m. EDT, and the rollout ceremony will take place at 2
> p.m. EDT.  For accreditation and more information, reporters
> should contact Leslie Mathews at Dryden Public Affairs on
> (661) 258-3893.
> 
>      NASA TV is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85
> degrees west longitude, with vertical polarization.
> Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8
> megahertz.
> 
>      In a cooperative program among NASA Centers, Dryden
> will provide flight-testing and ground vibration testing.
> NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, manages
> the X-34 project.  Orbital Sciences Corporation Dulles, VA,
> is designing, developing and testing the vehicle.
> 
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