Spaceplane

02.11.15
Watch the ESA launch its reusable spaceplane (update: success!)
02.11.15

Watch the ESA launch its reusable spaceplane (update: success!)

The European Space Agency (ESA) does a fine job of launching rockets into orbit (usually), but is...

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09.17.13
DARPA's XS-1 program aims for an unmanned spaceship with aircraft-like costs
09.17.13

DARPA's XS-1 program aims for an unmanned spaceship with aircraft-like costs

The reusable spacecraft we've seen so far haven't really lived up to their billing: vehicles like...

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07.17.13
Britain throws another £60 million at the Skylon spaceplane, hopes mid-life crisis is over soon
07.17.13

Britain throws another £60 million at the Skylon spaceplane, hopes mid-life crisis is over soon

After a series of successful tests on the Skylon spaceplane's SABRE engine, the UK government has...

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06.18.12
X-37B finally touches down, completing its not-so-secret classified mission (video)
06.18.12

X-37B finally touches down, completing its not-so-secret classified mission (video)

After more than a year of circling the globe, the US Air Force's X-37B has finally touched down at...

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03.09.12
Happy Biiiirthday Mr. USAF X-37B Robot Space Plane
03.09.12

Happy Biiiirthday Mr. USAF X-37B Robot Space Plane

The X-37B was only meant to stay up in space for a gestational nine months, but a full year has now...

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12.05.10
X-37B spaceplane back on earth after 7 months of spying on us, shooting aliens
12.05.10

X-37B spaceplane back on earth after 7 months of spying on us, shooting aliens

Look, we don't know what the Air Force sent the unmanned X-37B into space for, or why they didn't o...

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