Re: Exploding SSTOs

Randall R Randall (
Wed, 19 Aug 1998 13:41:37 -0400

On Tue, 18 Aug 1998 23:30:55 -0700 Philip Witham <> writes:
Someone else wrote:

>>But that doesn't matter if you waste 90% of the payload and it blows
>>up 5% of the time; where's the cost saving?
>Are you also assuming your SSTO blows up 5% of the time? I would.

Why? You are assuming that ground controllers would destroy a vehicle that is designed to be piloted back in the event of a problem? Perhaps you were under the impression that that 5% is due to explosive failure, rather than the decision to abort?



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