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public space travel in 20 years?

Posted by: 4thdimension - Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:09 pm
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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:30 pm
How about using flying saucers?

As in rocket powered, that is. They'd launch from a high altitude station, then fire their rockets to boost into orbit. It would be an SSTO RLV that would use helicopter blades on reentry for cross range capability. The saucer shape should reduce heating on reentry to levels managable by cheapish materials.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:58 pm
Terraformer, do you mean the shape of a saucer would be the main reason for reducing heating, or are you suggesting that a saucer could spin, thus, never having the heat constantly on one are of the craft?

Interesting if a craft could come in while spinning to move the heat around it's hull, something that couldnt work for anything like a shuttle.

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:34 am
The shape of the sauer would reduce heating compared with low drag designs. I don't know what speed the Helcopter blades could be put into operation, though.


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