Todays Rocketplanes

Rocket-powered aircraft have recently made a comeback in the form of the XCOR Aerospace EZ-Rocket, the X-Racer, and the Rocket Racing League (RRL). These latest additions to the rocketplane saga are based on the Rutan Vari-EZ propeller driven airplane, with the piston engine replaced by a liquid-fueled rocket engine.

Fig. 1.19 The shape of future spaceplanes? The X-24B "flying flatiron" on lakebed, Edwards AFB, California in 1973 (courtesy NASA)

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