Founded in 1998 US-Space Plane Systems is at the forefront of Advanced Lifting Body Aerospace Vehicle Development.
Our objective is to develop Advanced Technologies that will enable Sub-Orbital Intercontinental Air and Orbital Space Transportation to begin at most International Airports.
By utilizing a horizontal takeoff and landing mode, no massive boosters or sophisticated carrier aircraft required.
Our new vehicle design will allow for fast commercial passenger and cargo transportation to take place worldwide, while simultaneously providing a means of manned and un-manned access to and from "orbiting outposts" on a truly routine basis.
Why Lifting Bodies? - The lifting body air vehicle is considered by many of the world's top aeronautical engineers as the safest and most practical method for flying into space and returning to earth. Our new design provides this capability.
Pictured at right is one of our scale mockups under construction. >
With a new Space Vehicle comes a new propulsion system. Presently in development is US-SPS LLC main propulsion engine called Hydra X.
This engine exhibits a "Dual-Action Cycle" allowing it to operate in, as well as above Earth's atmosphere. Combined with a "Non -Conventional Non-Volatile Propellant" that operates at ambient temperatures and is non-hypergolic, will push this engine's efficiency well above existing technologies.
This will allow our vehicle to have "Single Stage to Orbit" capabilities.
These new "High Speed high Altitude" Lifting Body Aerospace Vehicles are many times safer than conventional aircraft flying today.
With multiple redundancy built into the design and the ability to abort to a safe water landing, these crafts will ensure passenger survivability in all phases of the flight.
Soon, "everyone" will be able to travel through "space" high above Earth's Atmosphere then arrive at exciting destinations around the globe using our 420 passenger suborbital airliner, all within minutes instead of hours, at the cost of the average international airline ticket.
The Galactic Flyer.
At 300 ft in length, Galactic Flyer will be the largest space plane to ever fly into space.
Having an internal cargo and passenger volume in excess of 160 thousand cubic ft.
Or the world's largest flying warehouse.
The need to move large pieces of equipment around the world at suborbital speeds, and at short notice is now here.
In addition to having self-contained cargo and passenger containers, Galactic Flyer will have the capability of "Air Launching" other air and spacecraft for orbital missions.
The Galactic Flyer will be the safest Air/Space Vehicle to ever take flight. Utilizing an inherently stable airframe, indestructible fuselage, advanced flight controls, self-contained environmental systems and the ability to land and or takeoff from water takes this craft into a league of its own.
"Information coming soon."
The need for a small economical Orbital Transport Vehicle is now. In the past, the cost of building and operating such a vehicle has hindered many noteworthy attempts. Now Technology and Innovation has caught up.
With advances in materials, automated manufacturing and computer sciences, cost and complexity are now drastically reduced. Our new Orbital SUV after development costs and tooling, is expected to be produced in months instead of years and at a cost of the average high end business jet.
This 8-passenger vehicle is designed to be air launched from the Galactic Flyer or vertical launched from expendable launch vehicles.
In the near future, people will own and operate their own personal private orbital space craft.
"Information coming soon"
In a few years from now, people will travel the globe on large, very fast "sub-orbital" airliners called LIFTING BODIES.
This new air/space craft called "Galactic Flyer" will soon be taking 420 passengers to global destinations on the average in less than an hour and at speeds nearing orbital velocity.
A joint venture between select air carriers and government entities shall maintain and operate a fleet of Sub-Orbital airliners servicing the Pacific and Atlantic International Air Routes. Therefore, working in conjunction with existing airlines to provide a seamless coexistence with conventional flights. "Super Flights" will add a new dimension to the existing air transportation industry.
With the ability to take off and land horizontally at most major international airports, this new "Fast" sub-orbital flight service will be able to operate in 10 Pacific airports servicing 14 nonstop flight routes. In the Atlantic region, 11 Airports serving 15 nonstop air routes. At the maturity of this service, estimated gross review could reach 96 billion US Dollars annually.
A typical Trans-Atlantic flight would board at 5:00am at JFK New York and arrive in the UK 12:00 noon local, taking into the account for the 6-hour time zone. If you visit Europe for 8 hours and return to the airport for your return trip to USA at 8:00 pm local time, your return flight lasting 45 minutes allows you to arrive back a JFK approx. 1:00 in the afternoon (The Same Day).
Never has the traveling passenger had this capability in human travel.
We believe the cost of Sub-Orbital Travel should be affordable to all. Therefore, ticket prices should not be greater than current international air fares. A single flight should be no greater than 2K USD.
There is a lot going on at USSP.
First, will be Flight Orientation Centers at every Space Plane destination city around the globe. Passengers can fly a simulated mission while on the ground.
This will get them accustomed to the sensations of acceleration and low gravity 0g flight. Flights normally last under an hour.
Our First Sub-Orbital Certification will be California to Hawaii.
USSPS LLC is establishing a new Research and Development Center on the east coast of the United States. With Taxi tests of the new 35ft manned demonstrator air vehicle to begin in 2023.
USSPS current effort, the 35ft manned flight demonstrator. This lightweight vehicle uses a steel tubular airframe with a thin composite skin pulled across the tube matrix. Small turbo jet engines provide a low-cost propulsion system.
Intended for limited flight and engineering purposes, this vehicle give way to its 45ft rocket powered high altitude sister ship slated to begin construction in 2023.
Having a propulsion system that is powerful and also safe, is a big task. The new Hydra X engine combines the power of a rocket with the efficiency of a ducted fan for atmospheric flight.
Advances in fuel technologies and innovative combustion chamber designs utilizing "Rotating Detonation" methods can now be incorporated into our new design that will make these engines safer by a significant margin.
Lighter design, safer and improved performance needed to achieve single stage to orbit.
This department is responsible for all advanced thinking and future planning within our company. It is the nerve center for putting our technology to practical use.
For more than a decade, this highly technical group has dared to push boundry of conventional science to astonishing levels. Our research into the fields of Aerodynamics, Chemistry, Propulsion, Lasers, Robotics, Autonomous flight and Orbital Space Activities is where our interests are invested.
USSPS LLC has devoted the past decade developing the new Lifting Body Aerospace Vehicle. With 2/3rds of our beautiful planet covered by water, it makes perfect sense to build transportation vehicles having amphibious capabilities.
The lifting body air vehicle is perfect for this role, as an Air, Sea and Space System.
Artificial Intelligence will rule the skies with increasing Drone Technology. Because of the versatility of the lifting body air vehicle, cargo and small package delivery will become common place worldwide, particularly at remote island locations.
Designed and built in 2002, this jet powered research aircraft is designed to fly into a "live Tornado" using a Carbon and Kevlar Fuselage, will allow this vehicle to penetrate the high wind and debris field associated with the most violent tornados, and send back atmospheric data on the structure of the tornado.
This project was to work in cooperation with the National Storm Lab in Norman, OK. Un-fortunately the project was canceled due to lack of funding. However, this aircraft is now slated to participate in ultra-sensitive low gravity sensing experiments.
With advanced in Micro Turbo Machinery, small light weight jet engines are readily available for Research and Development purposes. This has allowed USSP to conduct flight testing on scaled models at an accelerated rate and reduced cost. Data from computer models can therefore be compared with actual flight models.
As current development work on the Hydra X space plane engine moves forward, the basic technology gives way to numerous variations that can be applied to military, as well as civilian
Now, the efficiency of the Ducted Fan Jet combined with the power of Rocket Technology can give future generations of fighter aircraft unmatched range, speed and altitudes previously unattainable with current powerplants.
The new "Hydra XM" will give 5th Generation fighter aircraft greater than Hypersonic speed. Slow speed Characteristics can be maintained and altitudes above 400K ft can be expected.
Meetings took place at Lackland AFB with US Space Plane LLC representatives, concerning using lifting body technology to accomplish difficult military space objectives.
Contract work involved developing high efficiency forward swept wing for 200mph jet powered military drone vehicles.
As new generations of people look towards the heavens for a better way of life, US-Space Plane Systems is dedicated to using yesterday's breakthroughs with today's technologies. The path will be exiting for all who accept the challenge, and new space transportation methods will assist them on their journey.
This NASA video best shows our mission statement.
I Believe that this Nation, and Free Nations of the World, should commit themselves, to achieving the goal before this decade is out, of building a Fast Sub-Orbital Intercontinental Air Transportation System that can be available to every human being on planet Earth.
Servicing every continent within minutes with fast reliable service that all can afford. Therefore, opening a new era in human travel, and finally using "space travel" as a useful tool for all mankind.
And in this new experience of traveling high above the Earth into the fringes of space, a new group of young minds can be inspired like never before, and dedicate themselves to protecting our precious home, Earth.
I Invite you to join us. Jon Stephenson