Advances in Spaceplane technology could lead to more routine use in place of space capsules for facilitating space operations.


  1. Spaceplanes can fly or glide in the Earth's atmosphere and land on runways.
  2. Spaceplane ability to return crew and cargo from space is gaining interest. 
  3. As launch costs decrease and space industry expansion increases demand, spaceplanes could become a viable alternative to space capsules.