The development of the RANGER system is expected to bolster the nation’s space transportation capabilities and its ability to conduct science and exploration missions in support of long-term developmental space objectives.
Flash Ranger is intended to be a low-cost testbed for demonstrating the key technologies. It is also intended to be an autonomous pilotless vehicle powered by commercially acquirable jet and LOX/LNG rocket engines. This concept vehicle will be capable of reaching Mach 7 while achieving a high reusability.
Light Ranger is intended to be a low-cost test-bed for demonstrating a single-seat space-plane. Throughout the light ranger vehicle, human-pilot systems (capsuled cockpit, ejection system, cabin pressurization etc.) are expected to be developed and tested. This vehicle will be capable of carrying and launching additional small and light weight payloads while achieving the same vehicle performances of the flash ranger.
Ranger is intended to be a multi-purpose testbed for demonstrating a two-seat spaceplane. Throughout the ranger vehicle, a secondary cockpit is expected to be added for more complex missions. This vehicle will be capable of carrying and launching additional larger and heavier payloads while achieving the same vehicle performances of the light ranger. In addition, observation and scientific research experiments are capable for this vehicle.