NASA's long-range plans for space transportation technology development focus on a cheap little engine to orbit small payloads, air-augmented rockets to power reusable launch vehicles, and a variety of exotic techniques that would harness the sun's power to drive space launch upper stages. Garry Lyles, advanced space transportation program manager, told The DAILY Friday in an interview from Marshall Space Flight Center that the plans - in the works since last winter - are complete and ...

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