Then the polished nose-cone is attached to the craft.
Quietly, the crew listens to the last instructions.
"Zero-X ready for take-off"
The engines roar. The plane jumps forward and builds up speed with astonishing power.
The nose-cone already points upwards... the roar of the enigines increases and then... lift-off!
Zero-X is on its way to space.
"Height 20 kilometers, speed Mach 1"
Computer relays click and the mechanism for dropping the wings is activated. But in one of the wings hides a stowaway.