Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Giant rockets are fun to ponder" - Clark Lindsey

Yeah, I have to agree, so I thought I'd pass along Next Big Future's In Praise of Large Payloads for Space by Joseph Friedlander Part 1. I was aware of the Aldebaran and Sea Dragon, but had never heard of the Liberty Ship (aka Nuclear Lightbulb) or the Super Orion. The latter is an extrapolation of the 4,000-ton Orion nuclear pulse rocket to a whopping 8 million tons! Here is the figure used in the article:

Well, I can barely get my mind around the regular version and tend to think the super-sized version is just too far out there to warrant any serious thought. YMMV.

(via Clark's RLV and Space Transport blog, of course)