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A Reusable launch vehicle with current technology ?

Posted by: Benny Hill - Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:18 pm
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Post A Reusable launch vehicle with current technology ?   Posted on: Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:18 pm
A RLV concept
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Remember the two stage Kistler K-1 rocket ?
It is recoverable (with airbags and chutes). It currently use old NK-33 and NK-45 engines from the soviet moon rocket N-1.
I replace them with 2, tripropellant, powerful (200 tons of thrust), reusable engine RD-701 from the MAKS shuttle.
Then I add two starBooster-200 recoverable boosters with their RD-180 engine (420 tons of thrust each).

The result is a FULLY RECOVERABLE, heavy launch vehicle.
Thrust at take-off : 1220 tons. (400+420*2)

With so much power you can launch the reusable russian Space ship, Klipper.

What do you think about that ? is it a bad idea from a technical point of view ?

According to astronautix, the Kistler K-1 launch 4500 kg to a
200 km orbit. So it can launch the manned, recoverable 3800 kg VA capsule ( from the russian TKS spaceship ).


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Post    Posted on: Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:05 pm
Bill Gates would have to fund it--and Bono has his ear. Gates wanted to build a Saturn V type vehicle for Teledesic; so the rumor goes--but his wife got to him.


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