While people often discuss the futuristic aspects of space flight, there was once a real opportunity for smaller nations to reap the benefits of sailing the stars. The Hermes shuttle was a French manned space plane design that was canceled in 1992. It represented a small reusable platform for space travel. Small crafts that could take people to and from Space stations have long been a favorite of science fiction writers yet each year, we get a little closer to the notion becoming reality.
Ariane 5, Hermes Shuttle, and MTFF Module
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