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READY TO BOOK YOUR SATELLITE LAUNCH ONLINE? THE ROCKET INDUSTRY LOOKS TO RUN MORE LIKE AN AIRLINE.

READY TO BOOK YOUR SATELLITE LAUNCH ONLINE? THE ROCKET INDUSTRY LOOKS TO RUN MORE LIKE AN AIRLINE. After decades of building commercial airliners, Boeing is now developing something that looks like a plane and sometimes acts like a plane — but is not a plane. The company’s latest invention is instead a spaceplane. The Phantom Express, as it is known, would perform like one of the many jets in Boeing’s vast fleet, landing on a runway with a 737-like wingspan, able to take off quickly on demand — just fuel up and go. But instead of carrying passengers, it would launch satellites into orbit. And if all goes to plan, soon it would be able to fly to the stratosphere or beyond 10 times in 10 days under a test program funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).   More



(Source: Washington Post - Nov 10)

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