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Is There a Spaceplane Revolution in Our Future?


During the Reagan administration of the early 1980s, senior government officials began to discuss the possibility of developing an “Orient Express,” a hybrid air and spaceplane that could carry ordinary people between New York City and Tokyo in about one … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Single Stage to Orbit”


Single Stage to Orbit: Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry. By Andrew J. Butrica. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). Andrew Butrica’s book, while more than a decade old, is still germane to the current space … Continue reading

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NASA Aeronautics in an Age of Spaceflight: Transformations


When the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) became NASA in 1958 the organizations that were still charged with aeronautical research underwent a transformation every bit as striking as the reorganization that made the great successes in spaceflight of the 1960s … Continue reading

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Is there an Intrinsic Superiority of Reusable Space Launch Vehicles over Those That are Expendable?


A debate has long raged between those who believe that reusable launch vehicles (RLV) are the only—or at least the best—way to fly to and from Earth orbit and those who emphasize the continuing place of expendable launch vehicles (ELV) … Continue reading

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