The technology is on the horizon to realize this vision within a few years. The various components simply need to be put together in the right way to create a working system. The ingredients are regular runways, wings, wheels, a lifting atmosphere, tanker aircraft, reusable space tankers, orbital fuel depots, air-breathing turborockets, pilots, and passengers. Most of these items are already in place.

In the chapters that follow, we will take a much closer look at some of these exciting possibilities. If you are reading this book, then you could help make it happen.

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