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Category Archives: RLV:s
They didn’t seem to optimize so feverishly for low trans Mars injection mass. Kudos for orbit refueling and planning for refueling on Mars, Asteroids, Europa, Callisto or what you have! I’m sure the architecture will still change drastically, it looks … Continue reading
Congratulations to SpaceX who landed the first stage intact. Assuming cost is roughly related to stage mass and engine count, reusing the first stage saves 9/10 of the whole rocket cost. If they can run the stage ten times, that … Continue reading
They say “Space is hard” Orbital Sciences crashed a rocket equipped with two 40 year old engines. Physically that old. They were an interim solution and they were working towards new engines. We don’t know at this point if the … Continue reading
There’s two fundamental approaches to lower space launch cost: K-strategy: Building sophisticated reusable rockets that can fly quickly again after landing. r-strategy: Instead building simple expendable rockets by the mass as cheaply as possible. Firefly, looks to do just the … Continue reading
The movie’s available on Google Video, embedded above. Enjoy!
This shows the “golden age” during and just after the war. Even large things with a lot of design input could not be designed to be close to optimal right from the start. The B-36 experienced failures in structural testing … Continue reading
Or another excuse for testing video embedding again… It seems tumbling is quite common, which is not a nice thig.
They stop airbreathing at 2 km/s. Let’s compare this to staging. Assuming an upper stage of the weight of Skylon at that point (230 t), what kind of a rocket would be required for that? With a hunch of 3000 … Continue reading
Well, I thought maybe I could add some content. Everybody’s heard about the British Hotol follower Skylon and its airbreathing SABRE engines. What’s special about them? My understandin’s based on this excellent document from Reaction Engines explaining why the system … Continue reading