A space plane acts like an airplane when it is closer to earth, and then a rocket when it runs out of atmosphere and enters space. The X-15 fifty years ago was the first space plane, and modern attempts may actually bring commercial space planes to reality.
Dawn – A Space Transportation Company
The Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser – resupply vessel for the space station
The 1979 Star-Raker concept
The X-15 was the first space plane. It flew to the edge of space and landed like an airplane
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