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April 29th, 2008

Notes on the state of the RLV industry in 2008 (part 1)

Abstract:
The Defense Department has several small RLV technology development programs underway. Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) is interested in the technology but has not put any significant funds into system development. The Pentagon seems to be concentrating on "buying down the risk" by financing a few key propulsion and materials programs. The best news is that there have been a number of breakthroughs in the carbon nanotube (CNT) field. Most notably Nanocomp Technologies, based in New Hampshire, has made a sheet of CNTs measuring 0.9 by 1.8 meters. This may lead in the near future to effective CNT structures for spacecraft including RLVs.

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