posted on May, 24 2017 @ 01:01 PM
DARPA has been working on the XS-1 project for a while now. The intent is to build a reusable rocket that can take off, deploy a small payload into
orbit and land like an aircraft on a run way. A few different companies had been competing for the final downselect and Boeing has won.
Between now and 2019, Boeing will start building the prototype. It is also on the hook for a fully simulated mission profile rocket test series: you
test fire the engine for the full flight regime on a test stand for ten times in ten days in this case. Once that has been demonstrated, Boeing will
have the first flight for the XS-1 in 2020. First the flights will be up to Mach 5. Later the full flight envelope will be tested and Boeing must
demonstrate 10 full launches of payloads to orbit in ten days with the same rocket.