Spaceplanes pp 125-147 | Cite as

Single Stage to Orbit: The Advanced Spaceplane

  • Matthew A. Bentley

Perhaps the reason you are reading this book is because you want to go into space. And you want to enter space in style. You do not want to be lobbed, like a human cannonball. You do not want to ride piggyback on some ballistic behemoth. You do not want to be plastered into your seat like a piece of silly putty. In short, you do not want to be thrown into space. You want to be flown into space, in first-class comfort. OK, then, read on and find out how your wish may just come true.

Before a child can run, a toddler must walk. Before a toddler can walk, a baby must crawl. And before crawling, the infant must be carried everywhere. During this long period of growth and learning, every child eventually gets to ride piggyback, perching on the shoulders of a parent or clinging to the back of an older sibling. Farm children actually have more fun, riding on real pigs, for example. My brother and I did this. Contrary to popular opinion, pigs are amazingly clean animals when they escape their...


International Space Station Space Shuttle Rocket Engine Landing Gear Thermal Protection System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew A. Bentley
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  1. 1.Rock RiverUSA

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