The world’s newest spaceplane — the Boeing Phantom Express, just completed a major development milestone. The Phantom Express is designed to launch itself into space and return to Earth with responsive, 24-hour turnaround capabilities.
Recently, Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne, the engine provider, passed a series of engine tests with flying colors. Aerojet Rocketdyne test fired the engine 10 times in a 10-day test period to demonstrate the engines quick-turn reusability.
Prior launch vehicles needed months of preparation between launches — the Phantom Express’s turnaround time between launches will be less than 24 hours.
Launching the Phantom Express will also be a bargain compared to the costs to launch traditional rockets. The Phantom Express will be able to make frequent 3,000-pound deliveries to low-earth orbit more affordably, an ideal solution for military and commercial purposes.
The Phantom Express will increase the speed and lower the price tag of delivering items to space.