Rocketing Into the Future

The History and Technology of Rocket Planes

  • Michel van Pelt

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 343-366

About this book


Rocketing into the Future journeys into the exciting world of rocket planes, examining the exotic concepts and actual flying vehicles that have been devised over the last one hundred years. Lavishly illustrated with over 150 photographs, it recounts the history of rocket planes from the early pioneers who attached simple rockets on to their wooden glider airplanes to the modern world of high-tech research vehicles.

The book then looks at the possibilities for the future. The technological and economic challenges of the Space Shuttle proved insurmountable, and thus the program was unable to fulfill its promise of low-cost access to space. However, the burgeoning market of suborbital space tourism may yet give the necessary boost to the development of a truly reusable spaceplane.


Aeronautics aircraft developments Automated versus piloted flight Future rocket technology Innovative space technology Rocket engines Russian Buran shuttle Science fiction spaceships explained Space exploration Space shuttle Space transportation Spacecraft engineering X-15 Spiral X-20 DynaSoar

Authors and affiliations

  • Michel van Pelt
    • 1
  1. 1.LeidenNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3199-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3200-5
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