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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) Program
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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Six years ago, the Defense Science Board DSB initiated a review of the concept, technical basis, program content, and missions of the National Aerospace Plane NASP program. The report was completed in September, 1988, and the recommendations contributed to strengthening the technical efforts in the NASP program. Since then, substantial technological progress has been made in the technology development phase Phase II of the program. Phase II of the program is currently scheduled to end in late Fiscal Year 1993, with a decision whether to proceed to the experimental flight vehicle phase Phase III to be made at that time. This decision will be a very significant one for the Department of Defense DoD and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA. In February of this year, the DSB was chartered to revisit the NASP program to assess the degree to which the many technical challenges of the program have been resolved, or are likely to be resolved by the end of Phase II.
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