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Ideal Mature spaceplane

hesham

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Hi,

http://books.google.com/books?id=t35_fEOtN0oC&pg=PA138&dq=spaceplane&hl=ar&ei=sBolTNLUN9S5jAfRiYFz&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=spaceplane&f=true
 

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...So, what's their concept of the Ideal Adolescent spaceplane?

[slaps knee, guffaws, slays self again]
 

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Just to expand on my previous post, David Ashford/Bristol Spaceplanes have designs for the first three concepts in the sequence posted at the top of this thread:

  • Ascender is a small suborbital spaceplane
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  • Spacecab is a small orbital spaceplane (basically a bigger Ascender 2nd stage, carried on a concorde-like first stage)
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  • Spacebus is a large orbital spaceplane (both stages much larger and both have rocket engines)
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AFAIK there's no design for the long-term (hypothetical) ideal mature (SSTO) spaceplane.
 

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