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General Dynamics has developed a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) concept for a single stage to orbit (SSTO) under contract to the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO). This paper briefly describes the configuration and its basic operations. Two key advanced technology areas are then discussed: high-performance rocket propulsion employing a plug nozzle arrangement and Integrated Health Management to facilitate very rapid turnaround between flights more like an aircraft than today's rockets. Our concept combines NASP and ALS/NLS technologies in an innovative way.

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