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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.
15th Feb '17 1:10:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'''s Hammerhead fighters.
* In the ''StarTrek'' universe, shuttlecrafts are able to go from the CoolShip in orbit and land on the PlanetOfHats, and make the trip back, with no outside help when it comes to propulsion. We don't see it often, but they are even [[CasualInterstellarTravel warp-capable]]. The starships themselves tend to spend their entire operational lives in space, but at least the USS ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' can land and take off again without any outside help, though it takes a lot of preparation to do that with the city-in-space starships that really aren't meant for that. (Voyager is sleeker and smaller by that standard; trying it with any version of the ''Enterprise'' never comes up.)

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* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'''s ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'''s Hammerhead fighters.
* In the ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe, shuttlecrafts are able to go from the CoolShip in orbit and land on the PlanetOfHats, and make the trip back, with no outside help when it comes to propulsion. We don't see it often, but they are even [[CasualInterstellarTravel warp-capable]]. The starships themselves tend to spend their entire operational lives in space, but at least the USS ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' can land and take off again without any outside help, though it takes a lot of preparation to do that with the city-in-space starships that really aren't meant for that. (Voyager is sleeker and smaller by that standard; trying it with any version of the ''Enterprise'' never comes up.)



* Battlecruiser3000AD's shuttles are capable of atmosphere to space and back.

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* Battlecruiser3000AD's ''VideoGame/Battlecruiser3000AD'''s shuttles are capable of atmosphere to space and back.
16th Jan '17 1:00:26 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Several ships in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe - the Normandy [=SR1=] can fly in atmosphere, the Kodiak Drop Shuttle and the Viper gunship can both transit too, as can starfighters. Though the [[MinovskyPhysics mass effect fields]] they generate make this substantially easier than in real life by reducing their objective mass to almost nothing, allowing them to remain aloft on just a minimum of thrust and achieve orbit without expending enormous amounts of reaction mass.

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* Several ships in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe - the Normandy [=SR1=] and [=SR2=] can fly in atmosphere, the Kodiak Drop Shuttle and the Viper gunship Mantis Gunship can both transit too, as can starfighters. Though the [[MinovskyPhysics mass effect fields]] they generate make this substantially easier than in real life by reducing their objective mass to almost nothing, allowing them to remain aloft on just a minimum of thrust and achieve orbit without expending enormous amounts of reaction mass.
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