Aerospace Systems Future Space Tourism

Artist's rendering of the spaceship Kankoh-Maru, a fully reusable SSTO vehicle designed to provide space tours of 24-h duration for 50 passengers in LEO. The vehicle weighs about 550 tons at takeoff (Courtesy of the Aerospace Group of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.).
A spacebus concept consisting of a booster and an orbiter. The booster has a very streamlined shape; pointed nose and delta wing in order to generate the minimum possible air resistance. The orbiter fits into the booster's delta wings (Courtesy of Bristol Spaceplanes, Ltd.).

For additional information about the Center contact:
Professor Ahmed K. Noor
Director, Center for Advanced Engineering Environments

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