The face of warfare is rapidly changing. Numerous advances in recent decades have made possible military technology that was formerly the stuff of science fiction. Hypersonic missiles, next-gen choppers, carrier-based drones, electromagnetic railguns, and even laser weapons. This isn’t Star Wars, folks—it’s the future of the US military.
The historic X-Plane program pioneered numerous aerospace firsts—supersonic and hypersonic flight, reusable spaceplanes, and unmanned vehicles. Now, NASA is resurrecting the famous program to push the limits of new aerospace technology. So we thought it’s a good time to explore the past and future of X-planes.
DARPA is going to Phase 2 in its XS-1 program, pushing forward the possibility of reusable spaceplanes.April 17, 2016