Rocket plane spaceflight

  • Michel van Pelt
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


At the end of the 1950s the idea of the pure rocket fighter was dead and the role envisaged for a mixed jet/rocket interceptor already very limited. However, as far as American designers of research aircraft were concerned, the evolution of supersonic extreme-altitude rocket aircraft had barely started. After the successful X-1 and X-2 series and the D-558-2 Skyrocket, the next step was a rocket plane that could surpass all of its predecessors in terms of speed and altitude.


Space Shuttle Rocket Engine Carrier Aircraft Solid Rocket Motor Lift Body 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel van Pelt
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  1. 1.Space AnalystLeidenThe Netherlands

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