DC-X Clipper

In 1991 Scaled Composites was selected by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace for the SDIO Single Stage to Orbit (SSTO) demonstrator program. MDA proposed a lightweight one-third scale proof of concept (POC) demonstrator vehicle known as the Delta Clipper- Experimental, or DC-X Delta Clipper, conceived as a reuseable flight test vehicle to validate the rocket-powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept as well as "airplane like" serviceability, small ground crew, rapid turn-around, etc. It was initially funded by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (a.k.a. SDIO), and was built by Scaled Composites, working as a sub-contractor for McDonnell Douglas.

DC-X Flight 8 from the Air



Above: RVT-1, Japan.