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December 6th, 2012, 18:06
Originally Posted by azarhal View Post
The space shuttle looked like am airplane too. Any spaceship that wish to fly in the atmosphere needs wings until anti-gravity tech is discovered. It look silly because people are used to more futuristic spaceship look, but in term of tech level it's not.

Actually, this is why older space ships were imagined as "flying saucers", that design can fly in the atmosphere, because the "ring" act like a wing. See the Avrocar.

Basically, their choice was space capable airship or flying saucer!
Yeah I guess something that looks exactly like a jumbo jet or a flying saucer were the only choices. It's not like they could have gone with something that looks more like a space shuttle or say any of these five dozen iterations of conceptual designs for reusable space-planes that don't look like 747s.
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