NASA PLANS PUBLIC MEETINGS ON X-33.Byline: Jim Skeen Daily News Staff Writer
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Santa Fe Trail - a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century to hear environmental concerns about the flight tests of the X-33, a prototype of a spacecraft intended to replace the space shuttle space shuttle, reusable U.S. space vehicle. Developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it consists of a winged orbiter, two solid-rocket boosters, and an external tank. .
Starting Oct. 21, meetings will be held in Montana, Utah, Washington and California as part of the effort in preparing an environmental impact statement for the X-33 program. Meetings in the Antelope Valley are scheduled for Nov. 12 in Lancaster and Nov. 14 in Boron boron (bōr`ŏn) [New Gr. from borax], chemical element; symbol B; at. no. 5; at. wt. 10.81; m.p. about 2,300°C;; sublimation point about 2,550°C;; sp. gr. 2.3 at 25°C;; valence +3. .
``What we want to do right now is get concerns and find out the things people want to know,'' said Dom Amatore, spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Marshall Space Flight Center The George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), the original home of NASA, is a lead center for propulsion, Space Shuttle propulsion, Shuttle external fuel tank, crew training and payloads, International Space Station (ISS) design and construction, for computers, networks, and in Huntsville, Ala.
NASA and Lockheed Martin Skunk skunk, name for several related New World mammals of the weasel family, characterized by their conspicuous black and white markings and use of a strong, highly offensive odor for defense. Works, the X-33's prime contractor, are looking at possible landing sites at Silurian Lake, a dry lake bed north of Barstow; China Lake Naval Weapons Center near Ridgecrest; Michael Army Air Field at Dugway Proving Ground Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) is a US Army facility located approximately 85 miles (140 km) southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah in southern Tooele County. It encompasses 801,505 acres (3,243.576 km², or 1,252. in Utah; Moses Lake in Washington; and Malstrom Air Force Base in Montana.
Blasting off from a new launch center to be built at Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. , the pilotless spacecraft is scheduled to make its first flight by March 1999 and the program is required to complete at least 15 flights by December 1999.
Like the space shuttle, the wedge-shape X-33 will be launched vertically and land like an airplane. Unlike the shuttle, however, the X-33 will not shed any parts, such as booster rockets, during flight. In spaceflight terms, it is a ``single stage to orbit'' craft.
During flight, the X-33's engines will burn until the craft reaches its intended speed and altitude - up to about 10,500 mph and 250,000 feet. Then the engines will cut off and the vehicle will glide to a landing.
After each flight, the X-33 - about half the size of the space shuttle at 67 feet long - would be ferried back to Edwards by a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
A former Edwards official who is now an aerospace consultant to the city of Lancaster The City of Lancaster (2002 population: 133,914) is a local government district with city status in Lancashire, England. Its main town is Lancaster, from which it obtained its city status. Other towns in the district include Morecambe, Heysham, Slyne, and Carnforth. said the launches will be loud, but the spacecraft will be very high by the time it leaves the base's border.
The fuel it uses will produce water as its main byproduct by·prod·uct or by-prod·uct
1. Something produced in the making of something else.
2. A secondary result; a side effect.
Noun 1. , and landings will be similar to that of the space shuttles, whose distinctive twin sonic boom is familiar to Antelope Valley residents, said consultant Bob Johnstone.
The roar of the X-33's engines will be loud during takeoff, but by the time the craft flies over the base boundaries it will be 90,000 feet in the air and should cause few noise problems during flight, Johnstone said.
The X-33's landing profile is similar to the space shuttle.
The X-33 will use liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as propellants. Its primary byproduct from combustion is water, so emissions shouldn't be a concern, Johnstone said.
The X-33 itself will not go into orbit, but it is intended to lead to the production of a spacecraft which will lower the cost of putting satellites and other payloads into space. NASA's goal is to reduce the cost from $10,000 a pound to $1,000 or less.
The Lancaster meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Best Western Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway.
The Boron meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at West Boron Elementary School, 12300 Del Oro.
Written comments for the environmental impact statement can be mailed to Dr. Rebecca McCaleb, director, Environmental Engineering and Management Office, Code AE01, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.
Comments also can be sent by fax to (205) 544-8259 or by e-mail to x33eismsfc.nasa.gov.
Comments can be made additionally by calling (800) 833-0678 and leaving a message on the recording machine.