Space: October 18, 2000


NASA is paying $68 million to keep its $912 million X-33 program alive. The program was to have flown 15 test flights of the single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane by Dec 2000. After serious problems and setbacks (the honeycomb fuel tanks won't work and had to be replaced by aluminum, which is heavier and has affected design and performance), it won't fly before 2003 and even then only if major new funding is provided. Analysts are still asking why the Aerospike-driven Venture Star was picked over the Delta Clipper, which had already conducted numerous successful test flights.--Stephen V Cole


Article Archive

Space: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close