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Eclipse  Photo Gallery Contact Sheet

Eclipse Photo Gallery Contact Sheet

Photo Date: October 16, 2006
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Eclipse was a project to test a concept developed by Kelly Space & Technology, Inc., for a low-cost, reusable launch vehicle that could be towed to high altitude by an airplane and released to propel a satellite into orbit. To simulate the concept, the Eclipse project team towed a QF-106 interceptor behind a C-141A transport. Dryden research pilot Mark Stucky flew a total of six tow flights in the aircraft between December 1997 and February 1998. The project demonstrated that a heavy delta-wing aircraft could be towed, validating that part of the concept and demonstrating operational procedures as well as meeting all project objectives.

Keywords: Eclipse; C-141; Kelly Space & Technology; Inc.; U.S. Air Force; Dryden Flight Research Center; QF-106 delta-wing; EXD-01; Air Force Flight Test Center; Mark Stucky.

Last Modified: October 16, 2006
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