1994-04-01

Two Stage to Orbit Airbreathing and Rocket System for Low Risk, Affordable Access to Space 941168

The US space program is facing the dilemma of the federal government reducing in size, the Congress asking for lowered costs, and the US market share of commercial launches declining. While several new launch vehicle options have been studied and advocated, a national plan has yet to be adopted. Despite this, there may be compelling solutions that await discovery. This paper suggests a particular TSTO launch system may solve the dilemma, but only if some of the past presumptions and guidelines are viewed as impediments to be overcome instead of “realities”.

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