from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A vehicle intended to be launched into space. Also called spaceship.
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- n. A vehicle that travels through space.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a vehicle capable of travelling in or into outer space; at present, all such vehicles are powered by rocket engine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
Save all of the "I" and "me" stuff until the spacecraft is actually capable of making those statements.
My personal idea for an ideal multi-role manned spacecraft is either a lifting body or a DynaSoar-like 'space plane' with a docking airlock aft so that it can act as a 'tow truck' for specialised mission modules.
Communication between Earth and spacecraft is clunky and reminiscent of the days when switchboard operators had to plug in telephone lines by hand to connect the people at either end.
The real snag in lifting bodies as spacecraft is abort during boost and the dynamics involved and the question as to if or not that problem can be solved and what the cost will be.
To me, the 'ultimate' LEO spacecraft is a two-stage (or possible 2. 5-stage with RSRMs of some type) design.
I agree that a top-mounted manned spacecraft is inherently safer than a side-mounted spacecraft.
If the ASAP reallys wants to expose poor safety in spacecraft design --- look into what we rely on to transport our crews today and during the time the U.S. will have no crewed vehicles to fly except the Soyuz.
Just invent the Jezz Bezos Blue Origin spacecraft, make your own spacecraft suitcases, spacecraft astronaut gear.
And the "Pale Blue Dot," at least for me, is - represents the last moment in spacecraft leaving the Earth in which you can see the Earth at all.
-- A spacecraft is launched to look for other earth-like planets.
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