Thursday, March 25, 2010

So, you want to sea-launch your V-2?





Well, apparently, so did the Germans.  Scott Lowther has an interesting blog post on the “Prüfstand XII” (”Test Stand 12”) concept.  His post includes some background/history and the attached image.  In short, the idea was to tow the launcher to station in a horizontal position, raise it to the vertical position, open the top, and launch.  It's not clear that this would have worked, at least reliably. This may be the subject for a future issue of his Aerospace Projects Review e-mag. So, if interested, you might keep and eye out for it.