The wet infrastructure required for amphibious planes is where there are huge environmental performance gains. Collectively we have drained and degraded well over ½ the wetlands in the US. It is less than ½ the cost to construct a wetland, and foster a biodiversity hotspot than to build a traditional dry landing facility (and less than 1/10th the cost of the vehicle).
Do you think commercial space flight will take off before amphibious planes do?
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