Orion 3 Spaceplane



The Orion III is a fictional passenger spaceplane seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is a two-stage spacecraft launched on a reusable winged booster. It is equipped with aerospike rocket engines and jet engines for atmospheric flight. Pan American World Airways operates the Orion III, just as it operates the Aries Ib. In early stages of planning for the film, the spaceplane’s engines on the back were designed to break away from the passenger section of the plane.

2001 Orion III Space Clipper

Pan American World Airways was an American airline that provided air and space travel services internationally. The Orion III Spaceplane was owned by Pan Am and provided service to and from Space Station V.