Spaceplanes pp 23-37 | Cite as

Why Spaceplanes?

  • Matthew A. Bentley

The building of spaceplanes represents the pinnacle of human endeavor in our time. It is part of the age-old quest to understand and control the forces of nature, to strive for perfection, to scale Mount Olympus itself. It is something we humans must do. And we are doing it. As President John F. Kennedy once said, challenging America to undertake the first Lunar landing program, “We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

Within a few decades, advanced spacecraft will regularly be winging their way to and from the Moon. These Lunar spaceplanes will not only transport thousands of space tourists to and from Lunar resorts, but also serve a vital role in the space infrastructure of the future. How is this possible? For one thing, advanced spaceliners will double as space tankers, using their large capacity designs to maximum advantage. For another, they will incorporate very advanced, efficient, and versatile engines. This is just a taste of what is to come....


Space Shuttle Launch Vehicle Ballistic Missile Orbital Debris Space Launch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew A. Bentley
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  1. 1.Rock RiverUSA

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