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Posted by: mwace - Sun Sep 26, 2004 11:05 pm
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Post    Posted on: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:15 pm
I wouldn't be too hard on the Iron Lady bout HOTOL.

quoting from the Astronautix link from above:

The final design had serious operational disadvantages and a small payload. The only way the designers could continue to claim to put a reasonable payload into orbit was by specifying untried and speculative structural materials.

Like I said.. unobtainium.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Sep 29, 2004 10:09 pm
Speculative and untried in *1985*. Given advances in materials science, it ought to be worth another look.

Even if HOTOL couldn't make orbit as originally designed, an RB545-based vehicle might well make a useful point-to-point suborbital transport, or first stage of a TSTO.

Besides, "speculative and untried" shouldn't be a curse. We've just seen a highly speculative design of rocketplane fly successfully to 100km. Twice.

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