Facing uncertainty in the 2017 budget, NASA is honing its acquisition and development plans to bolster ambitious goals to field the first of a new generation of large-scale supersonic and subsonic X-planes within the next four years. After decades of flying unmanned air vehicles, the agency is focused on introducing a series of much larger, piloted flight demonstrators as a pivotal part of the 10-year New Aviation Horizons (NAH) program, which was unveiled in 2016. NASA sees the X-planes ...

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