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Skipping home (the fast way)

Interesting to note that the Word War II concept of the "skip bomber" returning as the basis of the HyperSoar hypersonic aircraft proposal.

It's certainly an innovative approach to dealing with the heating effects of hypersonic flight, but it's one that won't give us the sub-orbital "bounces" of so much science fiction air travel. Ah, well, it's not as if SF predicts the future...