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Launch Vehicles use various methods in order to reach space. The most common are rockets. They are referred to as Expendable Launch Vehicles. Many use rocket engines that use liquid propellants such as kerosene and liquid oxygen. Other methods include air-launched launch vehicle like Pegasus. Some are single stage to orbit stages, some use two stages or more. Some are vertical launch and some spaceplanes designs take off like planes.

Launch Vehicles Guide

Space Plane Pictures

Space Plane Pictures has a variety of images from NASA, ESA, Russia, Japan, India, China and also from private space companies. Northrop Grumman XS-1 Experimental...

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour was the fifth and newest of all the shuttle orbiters. The first flight of the orbiter Endeavour was STS-49 mission in...

Canadian Arrow

Canadian Arrow was a privately developed sub-orbital vehicle which was based on the World War 2 V-2 Rocket design. The vehicle had been updated using...

Kitten Space Vehicle

The Kitten Space Vehicle is a single stage small sub orbital space craft with 3 ceramic engines and a kit space craft you can...

Tu-2000

The Tupolev Tu-2000 was a planned long-range heavy bomber designed by the Tupolev design bureau of the 1980's. The aerospace plane was to provide high-speed intercontinental transportation,...

X-30 Aerospaceplane

The X-30 Aerospaceplane was a technology demonstator. It was a single stage to orbit passenger and light cargo craft taking off horizontally from a...

Roton Rotary Rocket

ROTON was a proposed design for a single-stage-to-orbit, reusable launch vehicle that was developed in the late 1990s. Unfortunately development ceased in 2001. ROTON...

Energia Launch Vehicle

Energia Launch Vehicle System was the successor to the N-1 Moon Rocket. The Energia Launcher was used to launch Polyus and Buran. It was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakstan...

Buran Soviet Space Shuttle

Buran Soviet Space Shuttle only flew once to orbit. It was launched by Energia Launch Vehicle. About Buran Buran was the first reusable manned space vehicle in the Soviet...

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first space shuttle orbiter built for NASA. It performed atmospheric test flights and was incapable of spaceflight. It was named...

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