Bristol Spaceplanes

Bristol Spaceplanes, an industry leader in spaceplane design, was founded in 1991 to realise low-cost access to space by exploiting the three decades’ experience of its founders.


Our work has been used to further NASA studies on reusable launch vehicles and space tourism. Bristol Spaceplanes‘ designs have been the subject of feasibility studies from ESA and the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the UK Technology Strategy Board, and the UK Space Agency.

We have evolved a step-by-step development strategy leading to orbital spaceflight, starting with the single-stage and fully reusable Ascender sub-orbital spaceplane. During your Ascender flight, you will experience weightlessness, see the Earth below you, and bright stars against a black sky: a truly transforming experience.