Aerospace Giants Involved in Point-to-Point Work

Aerospace primes show suborbital military transport interest
Rob Coppinger
Flight International

Potential military applications for suborbital spaceflight are being studied by some of the biggest players in the US defence industry. Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) have all made suborbital transport proposals in closed sessions to the US government’s National Space Security Office (NSSO), Flight International can reveal.

As reported earlier this month (Flight International, 10-16 March), an NSSO technology forum at Lackland AFB in Texas from 24-26 February featured proposals from companies associated with suborbital tourism. But it has emerged that several aerospace prime contractors also took part, along with the US Air Force Research Laboratory and space and missile command, and NASA’s commercial crew and cargo office….

As well as the aerospace primes, suborbital spaceflight companies also had closed sessions. These included Rocketplane, Xcor Aerospace and Blue Origin, which is developing its suborbital rocket and capsule in secrecy.

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