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The REAL Origin of X-33/VentureStar

Posted by: publiusr - Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:25 pm
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The REAL Origin of X-33/VentureStar 
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Post The REAL Origin of X-33/VentureStar   Posted on: Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:25 pm
A lot of people don't know this, but the scale model of VentureStar that became the winning X-33 design (called the Aeroballistic rocket) was not in fact a Skunk Works design.

It was actually a Northrup design.

You see, old man Northrup was in the home and was having trouble with two bottles of pills: One was his bottle of Cough Lozenges, and the other was a bottle of Shaped Suppositories.

Well, his eyesight was bad and he often wound up putting a pill of each into the wrong hole, with interesting results!

He tired of this, and poured the contents of both bottles on the table, took out a Bic lighter, and melted each Cough Drop to one Suppository apiece.

The result was a half lozenge/half suppository.

So all he had to do was put one combination in each hole--and he knew he was covered.

But he threw out the full bottle and kept the empty bottle...and died, for his cough drops also were compounded to hold his heart medication.

Well, some corporate spies from Lockheed were rooting around in his trash, trying to find some inspiration, because all their pointy headed kids were good for was knocking weather satellites to the floor, among other things: http://www.spacedaily.com/news/titan-99e.html

Lo and behold, they found one of Old Man Northrup's lozenge/suppository hybrids, and it looked just like this:

http://www.fas.org/spp/guide/usa/launch/x33-2_300.jpg

So they put it in a wind tunnel, and the kids went wild with expectations. (I couldn't bear to tell them that they were reading the graph upside down.)

So they took the model to Marshall Spaceflight Center, but made a wrong turn and wound up instead at the North Alabama Group Home for Retards.

"Uh!, we use composite fuel tanks that burst wide open in Six Million Dollar Man lifting body with aerospike that leaks like a sieve."...drools.

Wait, maybe that was Marshall...

And the rest is history.

What would you guys do without me giving you the inside dope?


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Post    Posted on: Fri Dec 02, 2005 12:14 pm
Just curious what happened to the unfinished X-33 anyway? I still remember following the construction regularly over the webcam. Those were the days.


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Post    Posted on: Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:43 pm
It is now the world's largest Port o'John out by the Rest Area on Highway 83. Owned and operated by the newest X-Prize entrant, a Mr. Alfred E. Neumann of Far Rockaway.

A tragedy occured with his methane propulsion.

He laughed, coughed, sneezed, hiccuped and broke wind all at the same time. Due to lack of air pressure, he collapsed into a singularity. He imploded so hard it took the tailgate off my pick-up truck. You can still see old tin cans circling the air pocket it made by Hi-way 83.

A strange man with huge side-burns was seen coming out of the wormhole and was also seen talking to a man in a turtleneck:

"Same time tomorrow Carl?"
"See you then Issac."

Next Week:

The Paris Gun: Super Dave Osborn's Latest X-prize Vehicle

The Wheel: Boon to Mankind or Technology Run Amok?

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Post    Posted on: Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:58 pm
Just remember to look at the name of the forum this thread is in when reading it.


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Post    Posted on: Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:00 pm
That might help :wink:
Oh, man--I was on a roll! The jig is up.


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Post    Posted on: Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:53 pm
I just want to see how long he can keep it running, before he has to jump the shark....

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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:59 pm
Fonzie's chopper broke, so I am having to go with Super-Dave's


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Post    Posted on: Wed Dec 21, 2005 6:48 pm
With Musk's troubles with LOX transport, and the Atlas V tank problems, I thought I might recommend a book: ATLAS: THE ULTIMATE WEAPON

There is an interesting story in the book about how a water line was freezing up at an ICBM site due to proximity to LOX, and how horse manure was put around the pipes. Being carbon rich and warm, it was an explosion hazard when mixed with LOX. A famous letter questioning the wisdom of such rural engineering is in the book and sent me to howling with laughter. It is a must. Many of the problems had with the Atlas are retold here.

OT Model news:

http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook ... _2006.html

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In Book news, take a look at "Schirra's Space"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/155750 ... 4?n=283155

In a recent Smithsonian article "The Day NASA Was Upstaged By A Special UFO," we hear of Schirra's tale of an unusual UFO:

http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/smiths ... bject.html

"We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, probably in polar orbit.... Looks like he might be going to re-enter soon.... You just might let me pick up that thing.... I see a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit."

Season's Greetings everyone!


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Post    Posted on: Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:11 pm
Tax time coming up soon. isn't that a joke...


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Post    Posted on: Sat Apr 29, 2006 7:48 pm
And what about our good friend at NORAD, the USAF seargant back in the '50s who got a call on the Little Red Phone?

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:51 pm
I like the look of that old equipment.

On the subject of humor, I have this entry on what President Hillary's NASA Chief might be like:

Tomorrow's headlines today...
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HANSEN ADDRESSES THE NASA FAITHFUL:

"My first act is to cancel Ares I and Ares V!" ----------A few claps from Cowing and the other HLLV bashers

"And my second is to cancel VSE--we don't need Human Spaceflight!"-------Cowings jaw hits the floor and people start looking around.

"And another thing--no more probes to Mars or anywhere else! EARTH FIRST!----Steve Squyres is heard saying "Now wait just a minute now" Golombek jumps off a bridge.

"And say so long to COTS capitalistic scum!" The Alt.spacers leave the room.

"And I don't mean to spend any more money on aviation either"----------Jeff Bell is ecstatic, on the verge of orgasm.

"Oh...I forgot, I'm going to close down all telescopes in Hawaii and support giving that land back to nature, who needs Astronomy?"----------------Jeff Bell shrinks back in his chair, deflated, as Sophia and Hubble go on the chopping block again.

And...very quietly..Griffin walks out, after shooting a "I told you so" glare at all his former enemies, who wish they had him back--who wish so very much they had not been so very ugly to that man.

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As the room empties, only one person remains seated--everyone else's dreams shattered, except for our buddy Jim (from ****), who thinks this is all just lovely....until,


Hansen: "Thanks for your loyalty, Jim, but....well.....I have one last bit of bad news. President Hilary doesn't want Two EELVs. Only Atlas rockets will be used. No more Deltas--of any kind. Sorry old boy."

NEWS FLASH...GLOBAL WARMING STOPPED...THE BAD NEWS....EARTH SMASHED WITH ASTEROID DUE TO "ALL NOAA--ALL THE TIME."


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