HOTOL: The Reusable Spaceship Coming Back from the 80s

The days of the shuttle must be over, but that's not the end of reusable spaceships. Now the Europeans want to revive an old 1980s project called HOTOL. Check out the cool cutaway drawing. » 3/04/09 8:20pm 3/04/09 8:20pm

Skylon Rocket/Jet Hybrid Is, Scientifically Speaking, Super Cool

The Skylon reusable space plane takes off from an airport runway, burns atmospheric oxygen, switching to liquid oxygen and hydrogen to hit escape velocity and attain orbit. At least, it will in 10 years. » 2/19/09 10:30pm 2/19/09 10:30pm