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Space Launch Initiative was a NASA and U.S. Department of Defense
joint research and technology project to determine the requirements
to meet all the nation's hypersonics, space launch and space
technology needs. The program began with the award of reusable
launch vehicle study contracts in 2000. The primary goal of this
research was to increase safety and reliability and to reduce
overall costs associated with building, flying and maintaining the
nation's next generation of space launch vehicles. NASA anticipated
that these advances would revitalize the nation's space
transportation capabilities, and dramatically improve NASA's
ability to conduct science and exploration missions in space. This
program was ended with the cancellation of the X-33 and X-34 and
the conclusion of the X-43 programs. NASA changed its focus to
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