NASA will fund research payloads on test flights of a pair of commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles later this year as its microgravity flight opportunity program moves beyond parabolic flights in aircraft. Vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles under development by Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif., and Armadillo Aerospace of Heath, Texas, will carry four payloads. The payloads, to go aloft on Masten's Xaero vehicle and Armadillo's Super Mod, will cover topics as diverse as ...

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