Above image shows a returning space capsule with retractable wings and landing assembly. The parachute slow the capsule to sub-sonic speed then the landing assembly and wings retract out after being lowered from the its detached top. For the price of one parachute (mass) while increasing the other two parachutes diameter to a larger size the wings and landing assembly mass would almost pay for themselves by using two landing choices - one by sea the other by a runway landing.
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Sharp Ceramics TPS used to deflect plasma with folding wings and used to skip off the Atmosphere. We made several folding wing model designs idea publishing them on my website years before one was used by Scaled Composite to win the X prize.
Gravity assist, 1/4 of the rocket fuel used on the space shuttle is expended getting up to 400 kilometers per hour the speed of a rocket launched sled using gravity assist alone to get up to speed, therefore a two stage to orbit spaceplane can be launched, this isn't rocket science folks this will really work...