Buildup of the first major components for Boeing’s Phantom Express reusable launch vehicle is underway at the company’s facilities in Washington, with assembly of the complete airframe on course to begin by mid-2019. Developed for DARPA’s XSP (Experimental Spaceplane) program, the vertical-launch and horizontal-landing Phantom Express is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of boosting payloads into space with an aircraft-like operational tempo. The program is due to ...

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