Good point. DARPA wants small launchers both with its reusable spaceplane booster XS-1 program and its air launched ALASA program.
This is great news. Finally you'll have a launcher that...
Back in 2009 when the Obama administration was considering producing a heavy lift kerosene engine there was talk of resurrecting the proposed, reusable RS-84 engine. This article from 2003 said it...
"It is unclear whether reassigning payloads from Atlas V to Delta IV would require reopening the block buy for renegotiation, possibly exposing the Air Force to higher costs."
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"Using a 2003 JAXA reference model with a 1-gigawatt station weighing 10,000 tons, Sasaki says power would cost a prohibitive $1.12/kwh at a launch cost to low Earth orbit...
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