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McDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-X ERECTED AT FLIGHT PAD

 LAS CRUCES, N.M., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Last Friday McDonnell Douglas erected the Delta Clipper-Experimental (DC-X), an experimental single-stage launch vehicle, at its flight pad at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
 Developed for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) single stage rocket technology (SSRT) program, the DC-X is undergoing a testing program designed to demonstrate the feasibility of building and operating single-stage-to-orbit rockets.
 In June the DC-X team completed static firing tests at the White Sands Test Facility. Within the next few weeks, in preparation for flight tests, the ground and flight crew will complete integration and check-out of the vehicle and ground support equipment.
 "Our check-out activities include establishing command and control of the vehicle and its ground support systems by means of the Flight Operations Control Center. Following that activity, we will load the DC-X with its liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants and run the engines up to idle thrust levels to ensure correct operations," explained Paul Klevatt, McDonnell Douglas DC-X program manager.
 Subsequent to the check-out activities, a series of flight tests will be conducted at a later date at higher altitudes and speeds to expand the flight envelope.
 The erection of the DC-X vehicle also marks the opening of the Southwest Region Spaceport at the White Sands Missile Range. "Just as the vehicle and operations crew will learn how to improve and grow the DC-X, so will the spaceport designers and operators learn from the flight and servicing operations to improve and grow the spaceport," said Dr. Bill Gaubatz, McDonnell Douglas Single-Stage-To Orbit program manager.
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 /CONTACT: Anne C. McCauley, 714-896-6211, or Sheila Carter-Hart, 714-896-1302, both of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace/


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