Thursday, April 11, 2013

New Mexico Museum of Space History/Bill Gaubatz on the DC-X

New Mexico Museum of Space History/Bill Gaubatz (McDonnell-Douglas DC-X Program Manager) - DC-X 20th Anniversary (DC-X Reunion And Spaceplane Conference, August 16-18, 2013) and The DC-X SpaceQuest 

Bill walked through some of the history of the DC-X.  After twelve good landings, it came down badly in 1997.  It tipped over and burned up.  There was not funding for building another and so it was the end of the program.  The vision lives on.

Bill put in a plug for the New Mexico Museum of Space History.  It was established in 1976.  This last year it became affiliated with the Smithsonian Museum.

The vision of the museum is to "Share the adventure and excitement of the development and flights of the Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) and to support and sustain the continuing quest it kindled for safe, routine access to, from and through space for all mankind."

They are having a conference in August this year to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the first flight of the DC-X.  It will be from August 16th to the 18th, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Bill went over the agenda of the conference.

The full agenda for Space Access 2013 agenda.

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