This book is the seventh volume of
“The Living in Space Series”. Each volume focuses
particular technology of living in space.
In this book the focus is on spaceships used to access and travel in
space. In my research I was pretty amazed at how many spaceships have
been designed, the large number available in the current era, and that
many more are already on the drawing boards.
Some spaceships like the Space Shuttle seemed like a great idea back in
the 1970s and 1980s. But due to the compromises in design were very
expensive for each flight and kind of dangerous too. Even though the
Space Shuttle was flown for over 30 years it was eventually cancelled
because of cost issues.
The newer transportation systems focus on lowering costs through
reusability. This will lead to a much better long term paradigm for
expanding people’s entry into space because of the lower
I also need to determine what types of ships to include in this book.
What is a valid spaceship? My decision was to use the Von Karmen Line
which says that a spaceship flown higher than 50 miles (80 km) has
Using the Von Karmen Line includes one manned device—the X-15
experimental rocket plane as a spaceship although most people
wouldn’t think so.
Lastly, I’ve included some notional spaceship designs which
be used to travel to Mars or other bodies in the Solar System.
The Table of Contents
Includes lots of fascinating Chapters:
4.0 Spacecraft in
5.0 Future Spaceships in
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