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X-40A Second Free Flight Successful, Paving Way For NASA's X-37 Space Plane

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April 17, 2001
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The X-40A vehicle successfully performed a second free flight test at Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif. The X-37 will enable NASA to test advanced technologies in the harsh environment of space and in returning through Earth’s atmosphere.

April 12, 2001 -- The X-40A vehicle successfully performed a second free flight test today at Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif. The X-40A was lifted by an Army Chinook helicopter to an altitude of 15,050 feet (4,587 meters) and released at 8:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, reaching a speed of 428 feet per second, to complete the test when the wheels rolled to a stop at 8:47 a.m. Pacific time. The X-40A’s free flight and landing tests are being conducted as part of NASA’s X-37 program, intended to reduce the risk of flight testing the X-37 experimental re-entry vehicle. The X-37 will enable NASA to test advanced technologies in the harsh environment of space and in returning through Earth’s atmosphere. The X-40A is an 85 percent scale version of the X-37. Today’s X-40A test objectives focused on complex vehicle maneuvers, while the first free flight test on March 14 focused on a straight-in vehicle approach. Both tests demonstrated flight control and autonomous landing systems. A series of up to seven free flights is planned.


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