X-38 on B-52 pylon
Flight testing of the X-38 prototypes in the late 1990s and through at least 2001 included captive carries attached to the wing of Dryden's B-52 008 (shown here), along with parachute and parafoil drop tests and free flights. The X-38 program, however, was canceled shortly after the turn of the century.
Since then, NASA has turned its attention to other projects. One, the Orion crew vehicle, apparently met its demise earlier this year when the federal government cut off funding for the Constellation project. Another, the X-37, is now being used for research by the U.S. Air Force, which plans to send the autonomous X-37B test vehicle into space later this month.
April 11, 2010 6:00 AM PDT
Photo by: NASA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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