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RE: 'Dream Chaser' is the latest hope for American spaceflight
The demo cartoon is somewhat inaccurate. The current proposal calls for mounting the vehicle on the tip of a Saturn 5 rocket, the same rocket used to launch Apollo missions to the moon. Unfortunately, as terrific as that technology was, all of the equipment used to build Saturn 5 rockets was deliberately destroyed, essentially burning the bridge behind us, thus leaving us with the shuttle and it's current booster technology with its inherent risks as our only choice. I am sure that we can still build something large enough and stick it in a silo below ground level so we can easily mount anything on top we wish, perhaps starting with whoever destroyed our original fabrication tech. Or we can always buy stuff from the Russians. They never got rid of their old tech.
Posted by PSFTGURU@...
28th Jan 2011