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Fantastic Flight: The Orion III Spaceplane from "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Skylon Space Plane

Reaction Engines Ltd.

Space: 2025. The British rocket-powered Skylon space plane would ascend from a runway on air-breathing rocket boosters. When the air becomes too thin, Skylon switches to onboard tanks of liquid oxygen. The craft could carry 30 passengers to a space station in Earth orbit, fulfilling the dream of routine access to space depicted in "2001."

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