Definition of spaceplane in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspeɪsˌplɛɪn/


An aircraft that takes off and lands conventionally but is capable of entry into orbit or travel through space.
Example sentences
  • With nothing but the nearby town in view, one can easily imagine a future where spaceplanes take off and land from a bustling facility on the site.
  • At present NASA is committed to the construction of a light spaceplane for carrying astronauts to and from the beleaguered International Space Station - now manned by an emergency crew of two.
  • Projects like the HOTOL spaceplane have been rare exceptions to British disinterest in human spaceflight.

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