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25th Apr '16 5:53:21 AM Willbyr
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Imperial Navy's aircraft - as in, fighters and bombers designed primarily to operate in an atmosphere - are ''technically'' spaceplanes, as they can be launched off an Imperial Navy starship in orbit and can reach that starship from ground airbases once the fighting's over. In something of a subversion, the Imperial Navy's starfighters - like the Fury - are altogether much larger than standard aircraft and have a crew of around three, and while they can operate in an atmosphere it's not recommended because they're not designed for it.
** Though this is played straight where the more technologically advanced factions are concerned, as Eldar Vampires and Tau Mantas serve both as heavy ground attack aircraft in atmosphere and bombers in space.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the 40000}}'':
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Imperial Navy's aircraft - as aircraft--as in, fighters and bombers designed primarily to operate in an atmosphere - are atmosphere--are ''technically'' spaceplanes, as they can be launched off an Imperial Navy starship in orbit and can reach that starship from ground airbases once the fighting's over. In something of a subversion, the Imperial Navy's starfighters - starfighters, like the Fury - Fury, are altogether much larger than standard aircraft and have a crew of around three, and while they can operate in an atmosphere it's not recommended because they're not designed for it.
** Though this is played Played straight where for the more technologically advanced factions are concerned, factions, as Eldar Vampires and Tau Mantas serve both as heavy ground attack aircraft in atmosphere and bombers in space.


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3rd Apr '16 7:16:48 PM Berrenta
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13th Dec '15 4:01:18 PM nombretomado
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* [[XWingSeries X-Wings and Y-Wings]] don't typically count; they have repulsorlift coils and use them. But ''Starfighters of Adumar'' has a pilot recount the case of another pilot whose craft had been shot up so the repulsorlifts had stopped working, and who had instead approached the cleared landing zone on the local moonbase, dropping his skids as he got close. Wes can tell the story.

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* [[XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wings and Y-Wings]] don't typically count; they have repulsorlift coils and use them. But ''Starfighters of Adumar'' has a pilot recount the case of another pilot whose craft had been shot up so the repulsorlifts had stopped working, and who had instead approached the cleared landing zone on the local moonbase, dropping his skids as he got close. Wes can tell the story.
6th Dec '15 3:35:04 PM AgentTasmania
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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.

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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.
hard. Both of these obviated by the Sci Fi favourite propulsions of fusion torches, antimatter annihilators, reactionless drives and what have you.
9th Nov '15 12:09:23 PM decimator1337
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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.
6th Nov '15 2:40:50 PM margdean56
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In essence, a spaceship that can take off ''and'' land like an aircraft, as well as looking like an aircraft. Many ships have Vertical Take Off Or Landing capabilities, these babies though can use a regular runway too.

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.

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In essence, a spaceship that can take off ''and'' land like an aircraft, as well as looking like an aircraft. Many ships have Vertical Take Off Or Landing capabilities, capabilities; these babies though babies, though, can use a regular runway too.

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 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.



Though in some settings the definition "Must be able to takeoff, 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 takeoff, 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.
16th Oct '15 5:21:50 PM nombretomado
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* A prevalent part of the setting in ''{{Planetes}}'': single-stage orbit-capable shuttles appear to run between Earth and the ISPV-space colonies, similar to modern airliners, of which one of the secondary characters is a pilot. The destruction of one of these in the back-story is the main reason the main cast is out collecting debris.

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* A prevalent part of the setting in ''{{Planetes}}'': ''Manga/{{Planetes}}'': single-stage orbit-capable shuttles appear to run between Earth and the ISPV-space colonies, similar to modern airliners, of which one of the secondary characters is a pilot. The destruction of one of these in the back-story is the main reason the main cast is out collecting debris.
26th Sep '15 3:30:44 PM demonfiren
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Though in some settings the definition "Must be able to takeoff, 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. The Space plane may be launched by a BattleStar, 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 takeoff, 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. The Space plane Planes may be launched by a BattleStar, TheBattlestar, descend into the upper atmosphere and come back up (or not) not), but may not be able to land on a terrestrial runway ''at all,'' all''; many space fighters do lack wheels as a part of their landing gear.
4th Sep '15 11:59:09 AM Prfnoff
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* Many small craft and even Starships in {{Traveller}} are capable of this. Not all, particularly the biggest which is why the largest starports tend to have orbital facilities.

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* Many small craft and even Starships in {{Traveller}} ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' are capable of this. Not all, particularly the biggest which is why the largest starports tend to have orbital facilities.



* The Delta-glider Mk.4 (and many other cool spaceplanes) from the {{Freeware}} space simulator ''{{Orbiter}}''. It can do an Earth to Moon and Earth to Mars journey easily.

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* The Delta-glider Mk.4 (and many other cool spaceplanes) from the {{Freeware}} space simulator ''{{Orbiter}}''.''VideoGame/{{Orbiter}}''. It can do an Earth to Moon and Earth to Mars journey easily.



* The Arwings of the ''StarFox'' series have been shown to operate both within the atmosphere of a planet as well as the vacuum of space. In ''StarFoxAdventures'' Fox's Arwing had [=VTOL=] capabilities.

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* The Arwings of the ''StarFox'' series have been shown to operate both within the atmosphere of a planet as well as the vacuum of space. In ''StarFoxAdventures'' ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' Fox's Arwing had [=VTOL=] capabilities.
24th Aug '15 7:53:44 AM demonfiren
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylon_(spacecraft) Skylon]] project, successor to HOTOL, presently in development. Mostly a project of Reaction Engines Limited (the British company building it), although it has received a small grant from the European Space Agency. Seen in art above. It's currently both the most advanced and the most realistic SSTO project, and it looks like something straight out of [[StarWars Padme Amidala's garage]].

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylon_(spacecraft) Skylon]] project, successor to HOTOL, presently in development. Mostly a project of Reaction Engines Limited (the British company building it), although it has received a small grant from the European Space Agency. Seen in art above. It's currently both the most advanced and the most realistic SSTO project, and it looks like something straight out of [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars Padme Amidala's garage]].
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