© 2009


From Airport to Spaceport

  • An indispensable resource for those interested in Space Tourism, a rapidly growing new field with thousands of rides already booked in sub-orbital spaceplanes

  • Discusses engineering as well as commercial aspects of spaceplanes and space travel

  • Provides a complete and non-mathematical overview that is fully accessible to lay readers


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Matthew A. Bentley
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  14. Back Matter
    Pages 197-238

About this book


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!

There are a number of private companies already taking reservations for passenger flights into suborbital space. There are companies drawing up plans for hotels in space and governments drawing up plans for Moonbases and eventual trips to Mars.

Although the fares for the soon-to-be-available suborbital "joy" rides are still rather steep, prices are coming down, and competition is growing fiercer. Matthew Bentley will guide you through the almost bewildering array of different kinds of spaceplanes being developed and show you what the new "spacelines" have in store for us. A strong believer in the ultimate economic advantages of spaceplanes over conventional launch vehicles, Bentley believes their development will guide us to a new and bigger era of space adventure—more grand than has ever been contemplated before.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Rock RiverUSA

About the authors

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.

Bibliographic information

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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)