Originally Posted by [PWN]Schubie
I just don't understand why you think that wings make it better for deep space travel.
In space wings do absolutely nothing but add weight and bulk.
I think he is thinking more of the, Take off from earth like a Plane, and exit the atmosphere gradually. Then be able to re enter the atmosphere at a later date.
If he means to use a shuttle to land on Mars, it may be possible but Mars is still very hostile, I dont believe the Shuttle would survive it and actually get back into space.
As for the other moons forget about it, there wont be any humans going to Europa/Enceladus for a long time. Which I think is a bit more important than Mars, I dont think mars will ever truly be relevant to Humans, maybe as a Mining outpost but I get the feel the expenses would be far greater than the rewards.
Alternatively what I would like to see is whats inside those 2 Ice moons. they say warm Ocean exists under the frozen surface, so its conceivable that we can get a Multi Function Probe out there that could drop a Huygens like probe to the surface. Try to land it at a hot spot and it might be possible to Melt your way through the ice eventually. I assume the Huygens like probe would need to be tethered though, cant imagine it sending/receiving data very well through a Mile of Ice.
Space Elevator is far off in the future if at all even possible. the Logistics of it all just don't make any sense to me, how can you actually build something like that lol
Building an outpost on the Moon is a good strategy, if we assemble our space toys in Space, then we can cut down on the need for a huge % of the fuel needed to get things out of atmosphere.
So much fun just thinking about all of this.