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Sharp Space Plane

Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company (WSPC) is working on developing a Spaceplane based on NASA’s SHARP thermal protection system, which enables sharp edges on reentry vehicles. The initial application of the SHARP Spaceplane will be a hypersonic bomber capable of rapid, high launch rates to orbit to deploy Common Aero Vehicles (CAVs) or put satellites into orbit. This hypersonic space bomber will evolve into a larger spaceplane capable of carrying passengers.

The SHARP thermal protection system and basic aerodynamic design originates from the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. The key to maintaining the sharp edges of the vehicle during reentry is the revolutionary SHARP thermal protection material. It can withstand heat and aerodynamic forces that will destroy Space Shuttle tiles. The advantages of WSPC’s sharp edge spaceplanes over conventional blunt body vehicles are numerous.

Sharp Space Plane's Advantages

  • Reduction Of Aerodynamic Drag By 90%
  • Mach 7 at Sea Level Without Ablation
  • Mach 11 at 100,000 Feet Without Ablation
  • No Ionization Layer During Reentry
  • No Communications Blackout During Reentry
  • Active and Passive Sensors During All Phases of Reentry
  • Thermal Protection System Is In Pristine Condition After Reentry
  • Hemispherical Cross Range – Can Land At Either Pole From Equatorial Orbit
  • Rapid Response and Turn Around Between Missions
  • Affordable Vehicle and Operational Costs