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Author's Note: Several different spacecraft populate the Contact Lost™ universe. Many of these vessels are based upon real-world vehicles such as the X-20 Dyna Soar. Others are completely a figment of my imagination. As always, what you see here is a work of fiction.
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The US military had a number of space projects over the years. Some proved to be widely successful, while others ended up on the scrap heap.
Ronald Reagan Strategic Defense Laser Satellite (SDLS-1)
Completed in 1999, the SDLS's 14 MW laser could vaporize an inch-thick aluminum plate 100 miles away. The 1,315 nm, 3.2 m diameter, 80% efficient laser could strike targets for 6 seconds before needing a 30-second recharge. At much longer ranges, it delivered far less power to the target, which made it too expensive to field in the numbers required to shoot down ballistic missiles. While it failed as an anti-ballistic missile laser, it worked great as a laser broom. Click image for full-size.
The US military wasn't the only agency fielding spacecraft. Their civilian counterpart, the National Aerospace Exploration Administration (NAXA) pioneered much of the technology used by the military, while independent businesses like Spartan Aerospace, Bollan Aerospace, and Wild Blue Industries made a profit with space exploration.
Nautilus was the second Deep Space Exploration Vessel. Strictly a NAXA vessel, she improved upon the technology demonstrated by Vigilance (DSEV-1). On her maiden voyage, all contact with Nautilus was lost as she prepared to fly to Uranus.
Mars Excursion Vehicle (MEV)
Homestead Commercial Space Module
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