Photos: X-34s on the Tarmac


During my recent visit to Mojave, I spotted these forlorn-looking X-34 test vehicles sitting on the tarmac beside Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Stargazer L-1011 aircraft.

As you might recall, these vehicles had originally been built by OSC for a NASA hypersonic research project that the space agency canceled in 2001. The vehicles were in storage at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center until late last year, when they were transferred to the nearby Mojave Air & Space Port after several companies expressed interest in using them as technology demonstrators for reusable spacecraft. They were originally stored in a hangar at the National Test Pilot School while being evaluated for possible flights, but they have been since moved outside.