Friday, May 20, 2011

NASA options, and more options

Luke Strawwalker has been collecting information on booster options that NASA has considered.  And now he is dumping it over on YORF.  Pondering all of them would likely make your brain explode, so I suggest you scan them quickly and pick the ones that most interest you.  Here's an excerpt, and my pick.

This thread http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=22243 recently popped up on another forum and stimulated an interesting discussion of NASA and its future... and got me started posting some of the concepts and proposals that have been put forth in recent years for vehicles NASA could pursue post-shuttle...

Here's the original proposal for "shuttle Z" from 1989-- powered by four SSME's and the SRB's at liftoff, staging to a new third stage powered by a cluster of "SSME-derived" engines (probably the STME expendable SSME variants in vogue at the time modified for airstart). For reasons mentioned previously the 33 foot payload was a wild daydream...