Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Airbus Uses AS350 in South China Sea SpacePlane Tests
Drop tests using a helicopter winch from a barge involve quarter-scale model of the SpacePlane demonstrator.
The SpacePlane is a suborbital vehicle which is designed to take off and land from a runway. The SpacePlane is being designed to carry four passengers to an altitude of 100km into space. The business jet-sized vehicle would take off and land conventionally from a runway using its jet engines and at an altitude of about 12 km, the rocket engine would be ignited.
Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters
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