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FALCON Project HTV Update

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Falcon HTV concept DID has updated its article on the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle, also known as the Common Air Vehicle, in order to reflect recent progress and a contract award. HTV-1 is part of DARPA’s larger FALCON (Force Application and Launch from Continental US) program that includes the HTV, and also the Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) program for cheap, responsive rocket launches. AirLaunch LLC’s innovative QuickReach C-17 based launch technology is part of the SLV program, as is SpaceX’s Falcon I rocket. The joint US-Australian HIFiRE hypersonic research program is not directly part of this program, but some of its innovations and/or test data are expected to be useful.

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