WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. -- The DC-X successfully pitched its nose 10 degrees below the horizon at 8,200 feet, rotated 180 degrees and traveled 2,100 feet down range. The experimental single-stage-to-orbit rocket continued to push the limits during its eighth flight test today at 7:02 a.m. MDT at the Army's White Sands Missile Range.
The McDonnell Douglas vehicle is managed by the Air Force Phillips Laboratory in support of the NASA reusable launch vehicle program. Flight test support is provided by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Space and Missile Test and Evaluation Directorate.
At the conclusion of the flight, the DC-X was officially turned over to NASA. Lt. Col. Jess Sponable presented a plaque attesting to the turnover to NASA Program
Manager Dan Dumbacher. McDonnell Douglas will integrate key advanced technology components into the vehicle under a contract with NASA. The upgraded vehicle will be called the DC-XA.
In early 1996, the DC-XA will return to White Sands Missile Range for static hot fire and flight tests that could began as early as mid-1996. Phillips Laboratory will act as NASA's Deputy for Flight Test and Operations, managing the final DC-XA flight tests.
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