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Space Planes

Space planes have been dreamed of for centuries. Leonardo da Vinci (painter of the renowned Mona Lisa) drew the first concept of a plane that would air-transport people. Ever since that time, man's imagination is rife with vivid visions not only of regular planes but also of space planes that are capable of suborbital, orbital and even staying indefinitely in outer space.

Space Plane

Such imaginings were supported by the animated depiction of space travel in comic books, sci-fi novels and now scientific journals. The era of space travel is definitely at hand.

We are left in awe each time we see astronauts donned in their gear as they enter the shuttle. And we can't help but imagine what it would be like to be in their position, feel the experience of a lifetime, being able to look over Earth, seeing the vast expanse, walking in space and especially being weightless among other activities that come inherent with a space journey.

Considering man's quest for adventure and for space travel, a number of our aircraft designers are now developing space planes that will serve as vehicles to ferry interested passenger's or tourists on a trip beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

Unlike the rocket planes, space planes are conveyed by carrier aircraft strapped in the carrier's underbelly or piggy backed ride and released at altitudes of over 50,000 feet. And, then the aircraft will then continue its journey using the built-in rocket propellant. On the trip back to the earth, the space plane operates similarly to a conventional airplane that can land on its own accord. Apart from that, modern space planes guarantee passengers or tourists that they can effectively operate both in the atmosphere, during extended periods at the edge of space and on the Earth's orbit.

Primarily, the only reason hindering full-scale space plane development is the large funding or investment necessary to finance a project of this magnitude. But, this has changed since then, due to the advent of space tourism that is expected to be a lucrative investment after all. Besides, the invention of new technology to support this venture has undoubtedly elevated the possibility of space tourism to new heights while likewise reducing the costs related to space plane travel. In view of this recent development, investors are in a hurried pace to launch the first vehicle into space and get the lion's share of the emerging industry.

And, with space planes already in our midst, we are therefore closer to achieving our dreams of space travel. Imagine what it would be like when you can actually travel to and from space conveniently in a method similar to a cross country flight from a conventional airport? Definitely, this will be an exhilarating experience. Most likely, this is the reason why a number of privileged individuals today are willing to spend millions of dollars for ticket reservation on a flight to outer space even if it means just a couple of hours or maybe a couple of days in the near future.

Although there are a number of investors pursuing space planes, we cannot expect the vehicles to be available before 2009 since a lot of tests need to be conducted before said vehicles may be declared fit and safe for suborbital travel. The next decade will be critical for the space tourism industry, particularly with the development of space planes that will most likely dictate the pace of this new industry.

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