The SpaceLiner is a revolutionary concept on the boundary between air travel and spaceflight. With this ultrafast glider, passengers are expected to be able to cover the distance between Europe and Australia in just 90 minutes. The concept is based on an environment-friendly rocket engine that uses hydrogen and oxygen.
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SpaceLiner is a revolutionary concept at the borderline between aviation and space travel: in the future, passengers travelling in this ultrafast glider should be able to cover the distance between Europe and Australia, for example, in no more than 90 minutes. The concept is based on an environment-friendly rocket engine fuelled by liquid hydrogen and oxygen which will accelerate the SpaceLiner to a high velocity in less than ten minutes. After engine cut-off, the winged passenger stage will begin gliding at an altitude of about 80 kilometres, at the upper boundary of the mesosphere. This vision of a rocket-propelled passenger transport vehicle will open up a new segment in the aerospace market. Mass production may even permit lowering the cost of orbital space transport.
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