Spaceplanes: From Airport to Spaceport

Paperback | December 12, 2008

byMatthew A. Bentley

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Spaceplanes From Airport to Spaceport presents a vision of the near future in which space vehicles can take off from an international airport, refuel in space, and fly regularly between the Earth and the Moon. The book is built on the solid engineering foundation prepared by David Ashford in his book Spaceflight Revolution, but develops the argument.This is a coherent, lucid, and optimistic picture of the future - aimed directly at the reader as a future space passenger - which explains why the Space Tourist market could easily become the single most important factor in the mid-term future development of space transportation. In a few years it will be possible to board a spaceplane and fly into Earth orbit, and perhaps visit a space station. Later development could include refuelling in orbit to take a tour of cislunar space.As the latest news has shown, the successful flight of SpaceShipOne and the imminent inauguration of Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital rides from the New Mexico desert have already begun this process.This book explains the technical details of precisely how all this can be accomplished within the next few decades.

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Spaceplanes From Airport to Spaceport presents a vision of the near future in which space vehicles can take off from an international airport, refuel in space, and fly regularly between the Earth and the Moon. The book is built on the solid engineering foundation prepared by David Ashford in his book Spaceflight Revolution, but develop...

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Someday, there may be plane-like vehicles that take off from a runway and fly high above Earth, bringing people to work in space, to stay at a space hotel, to visit a Moonbase, or to board another ship for a journey to a neighboring planet in the Solar System. Well, that time is coming, and it's coming sooner than you might think! Ther...

Matthew Bentley is a full-time private airplane pilot in America. He has studied physics, astronomy, math, engineering, German and Russian at university level, and also speaks Swedish. He has had a lifelong enthusiasm for Astronautics.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:December 12, 2008Publisher:SpringerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387765093

ISBN - 13:9780387765099

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Table of Contents

Note to Reader.- Preface.- Rocketplanes at the Airport.- Why Spaceplanes?- Rocket Science - Wings Added.- Missiles and Modules.- Crawling into Suborbit: The Baby Spaceplane.- Going Ballistic.- Piggyback to Orbit.- Advanced Propulsion.- Single Stage to Orbit: The Advanced Spaceplane.- Destination Moon: The Lunar Spaceplane.- Strategies for Success.- Spaceplanes at the Spaceport.- Appendices.- Index.

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From the reviews:"The book . focuses on the next winged spaceplane and how it should be used. The theme is that the most economical and desirable method to travel in space is to depart on a runway, journey into space, and return to an airport. . This work will be of value to interested general readers and can also be used as a resource for undergraduate space-related courses. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Public libraries and libraries supporting lower-division undergraduates, technical program students, researchers, faculty, and practitioners." (E. H. Dammier, Choice, Vol. 46 (9), May, 2009)