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29th Sep '17 9:24:09 PM Nazo
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Saves you the cost of a space launcher that you only use once. The obvious technical issue is that you need a store of liquid oxygen on board for the actual space bit of the journey--as you need something to burn the hydrogen with once the air gets too thin. Another issue is the ability to get to Mach 25, but that's not too hard. Both of these obviated by the Sci Fi favourite propulsions of fusion torches, antimatter annihilators, reactionless drives and what have you.

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Saves you the cost of a space launcher that you only use once. The obvious technical issue is that you need a store of liquid oxygen on board for the actual space bit of the journey--as you need something to burn the hydrogen with once the air gets too thin. Another issue is the ability to get to Mach 25, but that's not too hard. Both of these are obviated by the Sci Fi favourite propulsions of fusion torches, antimatter annihilators, reactionless drives and what have you.
18th Sep '17 12:43:48 PM ElSquibbonator
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* The Space Shuttle, which requires two boosters, a launch pad and a huge fuel tank to get into orbit. It is also incapable of any real powered flight, having to glide back to Earth. It pretty much defines the term 'FlyingBrick'.

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* The Space Shuttle, which requires required two boosters, a launch pad and a huge fuel tank to get into orbit. It is was also incapable of any real powered flight, having to glide back to Earth. It pretty much defines defined the term 'FlyingBrick'.



* The X-37, which is launched by an Atlas V 501. It doesn't carry nearly enough fuel - fully loaded, it masses just under 5 metric tons. Compare with the Space Shuttle, which masses ''2,000''.

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* The X-37, which is launched by an Atlas V 501.rocket. It doesn't carry nearly enough fuel - fully loaded, it masses just under 5 metric tons. Compare with the Space Shuttle, which masses ''2,000''.



* Mig-105 (Spiral Project): Only test vehicle exist. In any case, it is a two-stage-to-orbit, require a hypersonic air launcher the size of a XB-70 which was never built.

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* Mig-105 (Spiral Project): Only test vehicle exist. In any case, A Soviet project that was only built in prototype form and never flew in space. Even if it is had, it still wouldn't have qualified, since it was to be launched from the back of a two-stage-to-orbit, require a never-built hypersonic air launcher the size of a XB-70 which was never built.
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10th Aug '17 7:22:10 PM TitoMosquito
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* In ''Comicbook/TheManOfSteel'' #1, Superman made his first public debut by saving an "experimental space-plane".
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18th May '17 1:14:20 AM Pantegral
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Please note that this list only include SSTO (Single Stage to Orbit) or sto ub-orbit to qualify.[[note]]Mid-air refuelling or drop tanks may or may not count.[[/note]] Nobody's built one, as of 2017. The most promising design so far is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaction_Engines_Skylon Reaction Engines Skylon,]] a British-designed European project, which recently cleared a key hurdle in engine development. Therefore, do no include the following:

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Please note that this list only include SSTO (Single Stage to Orbit) or sto ub-orbit to qualify.sub-orbit to qualify. [[note]]Mid-air refuelling or drop tanks may or may not count.[[/note]] Nobody's built one, as of 2017. The most promising design so far is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaction_Engines_Skylon Reaction Engines Skylon,]] a British-designed European project, which recently cleared a key hurdle in engine development. Therefore, do no not include the following:



* The X-37, which is launched by an Atlas V 501. It doesn't carry nearly enough fuel-- fully loaded, it masses just under 5 metric tons. Compare with the Space Shuttle, which masses ''2,000''.

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* The X-37, which is launched by an Atlas V 501. It doesn't carry nearly enough fuel-- fuel - fully loaded, it masses just under 5 metric tons. Compare with the Space Shuttle, which masses ''2,000''.



* Mig-105 (Spiral Project): Only test vehicle exist. In any case, it is a two-stage-to-orbit, require a hypersonic air launcher the size of a XB-70 which is never built.

Though in some settings the definition "Must be able to take off, fly into orbit, and land again" may not entirely apply as the ship in question may be used in both atmosphere and space but it is unclear if they can fly from the ground to orbit. In settings with multiple habitable worlds this definition wouldn't work at all, as that distance changes. Space Planes may be launched by TheBattlestar, descend into the upper atmosphere and come back up (or not), but may not be able to land on a terrestrial runway ''at all''; many space fighters do lack wheels as a part of their landing gear. However, as previously stated, they may be able to use their thrusters in VTOL(Vertical Take Off and Landing) style.

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* Mig-105 (Spiral Project): Only test vehicle exist. In any case, it is a two-stage-to-orbit, require a hypersonic air launcher the size of a XB-70 which is was never built.

Though in In some settings settings, the definition "Must "must be able to take off, fly into orbit, and land again" may not entirely apply as apply; the ship in question may be used in both atmosphere and space space, but it is might be unclear if whether they can fly from the ground to orbit. In This definition wouldn't work at all in settings with multiple habitable worlds this definition wouldn't work at all, worlds, as that distance changes. Space Planes may be launched by TheBattlestar, descend into the upper atmosphere and come back up (or not), but may not be able to land on a terrestrial runway ''at all''; many space fighters do lack wheels as a part of their landing gear. However, as previously stated, they may be able to use their thrusters in VTOL(Vertical VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) style.
30th Apr '17 3:30:39 PM Jake
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* Possibly the most extreme example of all: In ''VideoGame/JudgmentRites'', Trelane's spaceship is a Fokker DR-1 triplane like the Red Baron's. It fights the [[CoolStarship Enterprise]] during one mission, and may very easily defeat it.

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* Possibly the most extreme example of all: In ''VideoGame/JudgmentRites'', Trelane's [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Trelane's]] spaceship is a Fokker DR-1 triplane like the Red Baron's. It fights the [[CoolStarship Enterprise]] during one mission, and may very easily defeat it.
22nd Apr '17 2:46:46 AM jazzyamx
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Though in some settings the definition "Must be able to take off, fly into orbit, and land again" may not entirely apply as the ship in question may be used in both atmosphere and space but it is unclear if they can fly from the ground to orbit. In settings with multiple habitable worlds this definition wouldn't work at all, as that distance changes. Space Planes may be launched by TheBattlestar, descend into the upper atmosphere and come back up (or not), but may not be able to land on a terrestrial runway ''at all''; many space fighters do lack wheels as a part of their landing gear. However, they may be able to use their thrusters in VTOL(Vertical Take Off and Landing) style.

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Though in some settings the definition "Must be able to take off, fly into orbit, and land again" may not entirely apply as the ship in question may be used in both atmosphere and space but it is unclear if they can fly from the ground to orbit. In settings with multiple habitable worlds this definition wouldn't work at all, as that distance changes. Space Planes may be launched by TheBattlestar, descend into the upper atmosphere and come back up (or not), but may not be able to land on a terrestrial runway ''at all''; many space fighters do lack wheels as a part of their landing gear. However, as previously stated, they may be able to use their thrusters in VTOL(Vertical Take Off and Landing) style.
19th Apr '17 10:16:09 AM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'' has two in the Space Age: One launched from a land-based airport, the other from a space-based carrier, with slightly different stats. As SpaceIsAnOcean is in full effect here, they are the only units to be able to freely attack both land and air units (although regular planes ''are'' able of spaceflight... [[GoodBadBugs if ordered to land on an airport on a different planet]]).
20th Feb '17 1:54:56 PM jazzyamx
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Though in some settings the definition "Must be able to take off, fly into orbit, and land again" may not entirely apply as the ship in question may be used in both atmosphere and space but it is unclear if they can fly from the ground to orbit. In settings with multiple habitable worlds this definition wouldn't work at all, as that distance changes. Space Planes may be launched by TheBattlestar, descend into the upper atmosphere and come back up (or not), but may not be able to land on a terrestrial runway ''at all''; many space fighters do lack wheels as a part of their landing gear.

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Though in some settings the definition "Must be able to take off, fly into orbit, and land again" may not entirely apply as the ship in question may be used in both atmosphere and space but it is unclear if they can fly from the ground to orbit. In settings with multiple habitable worlds this definition wouldn't work at all, as that distance changes. Space Planes may be launched by TheBattlestar, descend into the upper atmosphere and come back up (or not), but may not be able to land on a terrestrial runway ''at all''; many space fighters do lack wheels as a part of their landing gear. \n However, they may be able to use their thrusters in VTOL(Vertical Take Off and Landing) style.
18th Feb '17 6:24:20 PM RGZReGZ
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Please note that this excludes:

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Please note that this excludes:list only include SSTO (Single Stage to Orbit) or sto ub-orbit to qualify.[[note]]Mid-air refuelling or drop tanks may or may not count.[[/note]] Nobody's built one, as of 2017. The most promising design so far is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaction_Engines_Skylon Reaction Engines Skylon,]] a British-designed European project, which recently cleared a key hurdle in engine development. Therefore, do no include the following:




The spaceplane ''must'' be single-stage-to-orbit or sub-orbit to qualify.[[note]]Mid-air refuelling or drop tanks may or may not count.[[/note]] Nobody's built one, as of 2017. The most promising design so far is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaction_Engines_Skylon Reaction Engines Skylon,]] a British-designed European project, which recently cleared a key hurdle in engine development.

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\nThe spaceplane ''must'' be single-stage-to-orbit or sub-orbit to qualify.[[note]]Mid-air refuelling or drop tanks may or may not count.[[/note]] Nobody's built one, as of 2017. The most promising design so far * Mig-105 (Spiral Project): Only test vehicle exist. In any case, it is a two-stage-to-orbit, require a hypersonic air launcher the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaction_Engines_Skylon Reaction Engines Skylon,]] size of a British-designed European project, XB-70 which recently cleared a key hurdle in engine development.
is never built.
15th Feb '17 1:10:40 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Starcraft}}'': Every faction's air unit can be used in atmosphere or in space.

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* ''{{Starcraft}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'': Every faction's air unit can be used in atmosphere or in space.
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