STAGE 2 COMPRISES:
- A linear motor launch track on the taxiway; a delta-winged space-plane, the Swala RLV, mounted on a carriage on this track
- A ramjet under each wing, to take it to +/- 30km and perhaps as much as Mach 5
- The ramjets are detachable and are parachuted back into the sea (as with the Space Shuttle solid fuel boosters
- A solid fuel main motor to take it to low earth orbit and cold gas or hydrazine thrusters for precise positioning as used on the International Space Station
- The payload being placed into orbit
- Re-entry drawing on space shuttle experience, but probably using high temperature alloys in place of heat shielding because of the vehicle’s low ballistic coefficient
- Landing by gliding back onto the launch or similar carriage speeding down the linear motor track, using systems developed for autonomous landings on aircraft carriers.