A drone by any other name

Here's a possible replacement to the soon to be retired Space Shuttle, the X-37. It's a drone, like most planes/ships will soon be. The launch plane above is a neat concept with great potential - Burt Rutan's SpaceShipTwo. Basically, it flies wicked high with a small rocket attached in the middle, then drops the rocket, which zooms away into space. Much cheaper/easier/faster than a conventional chemical rocket.

So, a mixed bag. The SpaceShipTwo concept could be awesome, and really open up space to mass travel. On the other hand, drones. Ya can't trust 'em!

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