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Thursday May 2nd, 2013

Museum to Host Delta Clipper Experimental First Flight + 20 Anniversary & Spaceplane Conference

Spaceport America, International Space Hall of Fame Induction Highlight Activities

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that it will host the Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) First Flight + 20 Anniversary and Spaceplane Conference on August 16, 17 & 18, 2013 at Spaceport America, NM, and the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM. Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic and New Mexico State University-Alamogordo are co-hosting the event.

Friday, August 16: Location Virgin Galactic Gateway To Space, Spaceport America, Upham, NM. Introduction of the total DC-X Team, overview of the DC-X project, presentations on Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic. Speakers include: Christine Anderson, Executive Director Spaceport America; George Whitesides; CEO & President Virgin Galactic, Nancy Conrad, widow of Pete Conrad.

Saturday, August 17: Location Tays Special Events Center, NMSU-A, Alamogordo, NM. DC-X/XA lessons learned, on-going progress and issues, dedication of the DC-X SpaceQuest Exhibit, Induction of the DC-X Team into the International Space Hall of Fame. Speakers include: Ambassador Henry Cooper, former head of SDIO and President High Frontier; Jess Sponable, DARPA Advanced Spaceplane Projects; Mike Griffin, President AIAA; Rick Tumlinson, co-founder Space Frontier Foundation; Dave Masten, President Masten Space Systems; Henry Vanderbilt, President Space Access Society; and Dumitru Popescu, ARCA.

Sunday, August 18: Location Tays Special Events Center, NMSU-A, Alamogordo, NM. Reviving X-Planes for reusable access to space workshop, AIAA RLV PC planning workshop, Technology, COTS, Demonstration & Programmatic elements, X-Plane Programs recommendations. Speakers include: Dennis Poulos, Poulos Air & Space, Inc.; Michael Griffin, President AIAA; Dan Dumbacher, Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development, NASA; Joaquin Castro, Manager, DOD Strategy & Business Development, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; and Michael Johnson, J&J Aerospace.

NOTE: There is limited access on August 16 to Spaceport America. No private vehicles are allowed. All attendees, including media, must ride provided transportation from Truth or Consequences. Proof of identification and registration is required a minimum of two weeks prior to event for security clearance purposes.

Press inquiries should be directed to Cathy Harper at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM. Call 575-437-2840 ext. 41153 or email To download the registration form, visit

ABOUT THE DC-X: The DC-X was the first prototype vehicle developed by the BMDO's (Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, now known as the MDA, Missile Defense Agency) SSRT (Single Stage Rocket Technology) reusable launch vehicle program. The DC-X was a one-third-size experimental vehicle, built by McDonnell Douglas under a 22-month, $58 million contract. The DC-X prototype's goals were to verify vertical takeoff and landing, demonstrate subsonic maneuverability, validate airplane-like supportability and maintainability and demonstrate the rapid prototyping development approach. The Delta Clipper flew a total of 12 flights, eight under the McDonnell Douglas test program and four under the auspices of NASA as the DC-X/A.

The first flight of the DC-X from the "Clipper-Site" was on August 18, 1993, at Northrup Strip, now known as White Sands Space Harbor, on White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. It is a Smithsonian Affiliate, designated repository and archive for Spaceport America and the National Space Society, and home to the Delta Clipper Experimental Collection. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at