As of until now, both the SpaceShipTwo and its retired predecessor the SpaceShipOne, landed on the same spaceport they launched from in their spaceflights, the Mojave air- and spaceport. I wonder whether there are spaceports in America that are close enough so the SpaceShipTwo could reach the other one when launching from another. Or whether the SpaceShipOne could have done it (it could reach a higher apogee than VSS Unity is able to). The Edwards Air Force Base is very close to the Mojave spaceport. Reportedly 17 mi (27 km) though in my source I'm unsure whether it was the airport I meant. Vandenberg is not that far from these airports either.

Would the Scaled Composites spaceplanes be able to reach another spaceport or military base through spaceflight? If so, which ones, and is such flight going to be tested?

  • $\begingroup$ Why restrict yourself to spaceports at all? It takes off tied to a plane, and it lands like a plane, so any airport should do, no? I think the "biggest" problem is going to be the front skid which not every airport owner might want scraping across their runways. $\endgroup$ – Jörg W Mittag Aug 19 '20 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ @JörgWMittag I think these spaceplanes need a long runway for a safe landing. The Space Shuttle and the Concorde could land on certain airports only (and the Space Shuttle needed a parachute to decelerate in time). SpaceShipOne and Two are faster than the Concorde. I don't understand your 2nd statement. What's a skid? The planes use gears. $\endgroup$ – Giovanni Aug 19 '20 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ SpaceShipTwo has wheels on the main landing gear but a skid on the nose. $\endgroup$ – Jörg W Mittag Aug 19 '20 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ @JörgWMittag A what? $\endgroup$ – Giovanni Aug 19 '20 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ Here is a question about Dream Chaser's nose gear skid, with some photos: aviation.stackexchange.com/q/45692/3721 $\endgroup$ – Jörg W Mittag Aug 19 '20 at 15:47

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