Phoenix SSTO - Diagram

A front and side view of the US Trans-Atmospheric Shuttle spacecraft.

So here's the Phoenix spacecraft finally made into a model. I had a couple weird designs for this one as I had to be able to make it look different from the Basilisk. Mainly I had the space-shuttle-esque design but fitted it with 2 giant ion engines on its side. But of course its back side doesnt proturude in to the engine nozzles which means the horizontal stabilizers had to be placed on the front and vertical on the wing side.

WIth the US focus on energy efficient space transport methods, The ion apocalypse still kicks on.

With the capabilities of being both a transport and reconnaissance space/aircraft, The phoenix holds the most efficient flying vehicle made in the 22nd century. Being able to not rely on chemical propulsion, The ion engine also supports to power the turbojet engine for hours at a time.

With the carrying max payload of 150 - 200 tons, Its a jack of all trades of both earth and stellar transport.

Being a Mark - I design, The future for the craft is on the rise.