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Spartan: a Reusable Space Launch system for small satellites
3 Stage to Orbit system:
1st stage: Boomerang Boosters
2nd stage: SPARTAN scramjet(Mach 5-10)
3rd stage: Liquid rocket booster
SPARTAN is a rocket-scramjet-rocket system that can supply dedicated launch to Sun Synchronous Orbit for satellites up to 150 kg .
- A 1st stage “Boomerang” rocket booster that flies back to the launch site by deploying wings and a propeller motor.
- A hypersonic 2nd stage that is powered by scramjets and flies back to the launch site like a plane.
- An expendable 3rd stage rocket that takes the satellite into its desired orbit.