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Launch Vehicles

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

Dreamchaser Landing Picture
Super Heavy Rocket Picture

Space Shuttle Discovery – NASA’s 3rd Operational Space shuttle

Space Shuttle Discovery was the third operational space shuttle. It was the third orbiter built and the lightest one because of its lightweight thermal...

SpaceShipOne – First Private Manned Spacecraft

SpaceShipOne is a reusable manned sub-orbital rocketplane that is designed to fly to space (an altitude above earth's atmosphere) and then glide back to...

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Space Shuttle Atlantis was the fourth operational shuttle built and is one of the three currently operational spacecraft in the Space Shuttle fleet. Orbiter...

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...


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...