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  Future commercial hypersonic flight will require an orbiter stage which, after main engine cut-off, will enter a high-speed gliding flight phase and will be capable of attaining altitudes of 80 km and Mach numbers beyond Mach 20. This vehicle would travel long intercontinental distances within a very short time--flight times from Australia to Europe would take just 90 minutes, Europe to California no more than 60 minutes. A new kind of high-speed transport based on a two-stage Reusable La ...

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