Rather than hopping on a space-bound train from the ground, your first space elevator ride to space could begin in low Earth orbit.
This four-passenger spaceplane has been in the works for a decade. As it begins testing, we wonder if the future has already passed it by.
What at first looked like a project that could take a decade to reach completion now seems to be practically around the corner.
The Swiss are well known for cheese with holes and I think that's pretty much it, but they've now decided that what they really need is a shiny new spaceplane.
In 1956, rocket engineer Walter Dornberger imagined a world where we all traveled by spaceplane.
U.K.-based Reaction Engines is working on a spaceplane of its own, and the company looks to have the trickiest problem licked. Next stop, orbit.