Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A rocket that can get to space on E9 engines!

xkcd's 'what if' answers the question,  "How many model rocket engines would it take to launch a real rocket into space?" I went ahead and stole the design, assuming it is available on the same Creative Commons license as the comic. You'll have to follow the link to get the actual answer.

2 comments:

  1. E9's ? That's a CATO waiting to happen!
    Very cool though :)

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  2. Really cool simulation, and the orbital rocket design is just crazy. He does get the largest non-nuclear explosion point wrong, the N1 explosion was far smaller than the largest non-nuclear blasts. A few were in the 4 KT range. Although the energy released in the burning of that rocket fuel plus the blast could have surpassed 4KT perhaps.

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