A decade after DLR first unveiled the suborbital SpaceLiner concept, the German aerospace research agency is mapping out an ambitious development road map to help define mission goals and stimulate potential industry and government funding for a flying prototype. Conceived as a winged, hypersonic airliner capable of carrying 50 passengers from Europe to Australia in 90 min., the rocket-powered system incorporates a flyback booster and other dual-use technologies that could also be applied ...


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