Re: Sharing Models, was: Intestinal Fortitude

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Mar 17 2001 - 00:57:50 MST

Adrian Tymes wrote:

> Spike Jones wrote: Suppose you
> > are a rocket designer and you are given the same set of requirements
> > the shuttle designers were given in 1965. To orbit with 30 tons,
> > 18.5 meters by 4.8 cylindrical, *return to earth with 10 tons*
> > and land with dignity. What would it look like? spike

> Adrian Tymes wrote: Using 1965 tech, I assume?

No I meant with every trick we now have.

> Much the same, but fully RLV - no external
> tanks or external solid boosters.

...Which is the effort that was just declared a failure, the Venture
Star/X34. The technology to do a fully recoverable just
isnt quite there yet, or at least not as a single stage to orbit.

> [a bunch of good ideas snipped]
> They say you can't argue with success. I say you can improve on it.

Hope so. {8-] spike

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