Intercontinental rocket plane transport network

Morgan, Richard G. and Wheatley, Brad J. (2015). Intercontinental rocket plane transport network. In: 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conferences. 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, (). 6-9 July 2015. doi:10.2514/6.2015-3538


Author Morgan, Richard G.
Wheatley, Brad J.
Title of paper Intercontinental rocket plane transport network
Conference name 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference
Conference location Glasgow, Scotland
Conference dates 6-9 July 2015
Proceedings title 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conferences
Journal name 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, 2015
Place of Publication Reston, VA, United States
Publisher American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.2514/6.2015-3538
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9781624103209
Total pages 8
Abstract/Summary Long distance travel around the globe could potentially be performed at high speed by means of a scramjet powered hypersonic cruise vehicle, orbital insertion and return, or by using a sub-orbital ‘space hop’. Such a transport system introduces the potential for viable business and tourism travel between continents. This paper evaluates the possibility of using a single stage reusable rocket powered passenger vehicle with a suborbital space leg and extended glide with a high lift to drag ratio airframe following reentry. A series of spaceports spanning the globe is postulated within a range of 4000 to 8,000 km of each other, and each located within an hour by high speed ground transport to population centres greater than five million. This will connect the major cities of the Earth by journeys of less than one hour duration per leg, and no point on the habited continents would be more than 4000 km from a spaceport. It is postulated that if the cost of a ticket is of the order of current first class air travel, then there is a demonstrated market to justify the capital development. The conceptual mission analysis for an intercontinental rocket plane is presented along with potential spaceport locations.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes AIAA paper No. 2015-3538

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