What NASA could be launching into space soon
by Mark R
With the space program getting massive cuts, it is time to start thinking about the next generation of spacecraft.
This concept illustration that you see here shows that NASA is leaning away from spacecrafts that have to be strapped to tubes full of rocket fuel and going for ideas like this.
This is a wedge-shaped scramjet that can be launched on an electrified rail or gas-propelled sled that would hit orbit at Mach 10.
Believe it or not, the technology to make this happen is not based on any sort of science-fiction or currently non-existent technology. My Source says that this concept is merely an improvement of technology that already exists. It would require rails that would be needed for vehicles that could travel at such great speeds, as well as longer lasting batteries. If such tech were improved upon, it would lead to more stable railways for faster trains as well as longer lasting batteries for electric cars.
Considering that space technology has led to advancements in our day-to-day life like Velcro and Tang powdered drink, why not have this tech improve the lives of non-space faring people?
Perhaps this is how we can do the space tourism that I have been hearing about for so long from Virgin with Spaceport America.