The U.S. Air Force’s Reusable Booster System (RBS) lacks a mature business case, but the service should continue to pursue key technology challenges as well as a pathfinder flight-test program, according to a National Research Council (NRC) panel. The 15-member panel, chaired by David M. Van Wie of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, found the RBS initiative confronted by a paradigm shift outside the technical realm: a transition away from government-developed systems like the ...

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