The Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) program flight tests were conducted at White Sands Missile Range beginning in 1993. This photo shows the craft’s first landing on August 18, where it successfully completed flight control and vertical landing systems tests. (Photo courtesy McDonnell Douglas)
While SpaceX and Blue Origin are stunning the world with their vertical launch, vertical landing vehicles, in the early ‘90s, that exact type of spacecraft was tested at White Sands Missile Range.
On Saturday, December 22, visitors can join New Mexico Museum of Space History Curator Sue Taylor and Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry for the quarterly Warehouse 1402 Behind the Scenes Tour entitled “The Delta Clipper Experimental: A Successful Failure”.
Taylor and Mayberry will be showing seldom seen artifacts from the Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) program, along with historical photos and documentation. Weather permitting, the duo will also provide a guided tour of DC-X artifacts inside the museum’s Daisy Track building.
The Warehouse 1402 Behind the Scenes tour is Saturday, December 22, at 9:00 am on the museum first floor. Free coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.