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Computer graphic of Lockheed Martin X-33 Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) Computer graphic of Lockheed Martin X-33 Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV)

Photo Number: ED97-43938-2
Photo Date: 1997

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Another artist's conception of the X-33, this time after engine shutdown. The vehicle is shown gliding toward its landing site in the southwestern U.S. The X-33 was undertaken to demonstrate the technologies required for a full scale, single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle. The goal was to substantially reduce the cost of putting payloads into orbit. This proved elusive, and for a variety of reasons, the X-33 was cancelled in February 2001.

Keywords: X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator

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