This has to be one of the most beautiful videos I have ever seen.
A look at the XS-1 - DARPAs spaceplane.
DARPA announces Phase 1 of its XS-1 spaceplane program
It takes a lot more money and preparation to launch a rocket than to have a plane take off. That’s why DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) first initiated its Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. The idea is that once built, the XS-1 could take off and land like a regular aircraft, but could also deliver satellite payloads into low-Earth orbit while airborne. Today, the agency announced its plans for Phase 1 of the program, which includes awarding contracts for designs of the autonomous spaceplane. As outlined in a previous article, plans call for the unmanned XS-1 to be able to make 10 flights within 10 days, reaching a speed of Mach 10 at least once, and launching payloads weighing between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds (1,361 to 2,268 kg) at under US$5 million a pop. A second-stage rocket carrying each payload will fire once it’s launched from the spaceplane at suborbital altitude, carrying the satellite to its final orbit. The XS-1 will proceed back to the ground, where it will land and immediately be prepared for its next launch. In today’s announcement, DARPA stated that it will be funding three companies to independently develop designs for an XS-1 demonstration vehicle. These include The Boeing Company (working with Blue Origin), Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace), and Northrop Grumman Corporation (working with Virgin Galactic). The designs will be assessed based on criteria such as feasibility, performance, developmental and operational costs, and the potential for use in military, civil and commercial applications. (via DARPA announces Phase 1 of its XS-1 spaceplane program)
Something that’s more fun if first you reach the point where you’ve become an uber dragonslayer and are bored with destroying everything in your path
My ass just got to level 48. I’m still running around screaming and crying when four or five of those dragonborn cult motherfuckers jump out the bushes and start disrespecting my whole set. And it’s been almost three years and I haven’t even touched the main quest beyond rescuing Esbern because I’m a compulsive completionist.
…But I’m really still out here adding Dawnguard and Dragonborn and Moonpath to Elsweyr (none of which I’ve played) and INPC then complaining when they add hundreds of quests.