Aviation Photo #1327060 Orbital Sciences X-34A - NASA

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The unpiloted X-34 was a technology testbed demonstrator that was designed to demonstrate key vehicle and operational technologies applicable to future low-cost reusable launch vehicles. The vehicle structure is all-composite with a one-piece delta wing design. It was designed to be launched from a Orbital L-1011. Powered by a single rocket engine it would have been capable of reaching a Mach 8. Three were built but sadly in 2001 the project was cancelled due to spiralling costs
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Photo Added: February 13, 2008

Comments (4)

10 years ago
Looks like they need a plastic owl to chase away the pigeons
8 years ago
They've been Saved! Pulled from storage, to be refurbished and placed back into testing, possibly as a Shuttle concept/replacement
5 years ago
Strange, and sad to see such an advanced design covered in bird poop.
3 years ago
The hangar is as interesting as the space craft. Just think of the history that took place ta that hangar.

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