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Capsule Que Pasa

I was jolted a bit when I read the amounts and requirements for commercial crew last week. Not that Boeing got more than SpaceX, but rather that $6.8B is budgeted for a developing a couple of commercial capsules to fly … Continue reading

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VTSL Vehicle

I got into a discussion the other day about the Blue Origin/SpaceX barge landing issue. I suggested that it was very difficult to write such a comprehensive patent that there was no way to design around the restrictions. As an … Continue reading

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Asymmetrical Payload Boost

Paul451 made a suggestion on the last post that triggered a thought on boosting payloads on many current vehicles at a reasonable cost. I claim 50% credit for this concept with Paul getting the rest. He suggested that the tanks … Continue reading

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Asymmetrical LV

There are several limitations on the ability to expand a launch vehicle past certain sizes. One of them is tank diameter. On the smaller launchers, diameter limits might be dictated by available pipe sizes. A step up from there and tank … Continue reading

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SpaceX and Sea Launch

Another speculative thought. Suppose we have all been assuming that Falcons will try to land on a barge at sea or accept the payload penalty of RTLS, when all the tests have actually been in support of a launch at … Continue reading

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Falcon III H (R)

The vehicle SpaceX lost the other day has been described as a Falcon IX R with three engines. It is a bit intriguing to speculate on the purpose of three engines as opposed to the nine of the full up … Continue reading

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Dragon Tug

With the Dragon capsules fully capable of ISS interaction now, how hard would it be to use the dragons for ISS tugs as is? One of the quite useful pieces of on orbit hardware is a space tug that off … Continue reading

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Ironic

So I’m sitting in a friends yard watching the Blue Angels give it their best at the Sun-N-fun fly in thinking about how to modify their propulsion while all the people around me are oohing and aahing. Same with the … Continue reading

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Falcon FLOC IX Rediculously Heavy

I should probably quit picking on the Falcons, but the possibilities are too much fun to leave alone. In January of 2008, Jon posted an article on Fleet Launched Orbital Craft, or FLOC. In  the article, it is suggested that … Continue reading

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Paperback now Available on Amazon

The Fear of Freedom and other notes to WH912 is now available in paperback at Amazon. I just copied the page address for a cut and paste below because I never learned to  insert regular links into posts. The $10.00 … Continue reading

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