Why a ground launched rocket at all? Seems "simpler" to launch from a
plane horizontally, less "g's" and not as much fuss with launch
facilities etc. Fly your modified 777 with a belly/wing slung launch
vehicle out over international airspace and let loose with your liquid
fuel motors (sure hate to overshoot your target with solid fuel and end
up in orbit with no means to return!). If you can include a glide
landing then you can set her back down in Nevada on those glorious salt
flats. This probably eliminates the need for any complex steering! If I
were going to risk my life with a launch even to 100,000 feet, I would
still like to have something that I "might" be able to control on the
way down. This would at least give me "reasonable" odds of say 1 in
10,000 of living through it.
Good luck with your exploration, sounds like you are having some fun!
> The SHXRaven is a suborbital design, basically cannonballing it up +100km and
> flying back down. There is a simplified cutaway diagram that shows the basic
> internal arrangement. The booster could certainly be a pre-existing model.
> That would qualify as "off the shelf".
> It occurred to me that most of you have no idea who the hell I am, nor which
> produce truck I fell off of. I have been an artist and director involved in
> games and movies for 15 years now, and I am sometimes shocked at the vast
> amounts of money blown on really bad movies, most any movie based on a video
> or computer game for example. I just want to see such a budget go for a real
> space program rather than fake dinosaurs or planet bashing aliens. That's all
> I am after.
> Don't even get me started on the dot coms going down in flames all around
> Silicon Valley. That should give you a clue as to the flashy graphics part.
> > > Also would you ride a V-2?
> > Prolly, but only with a sufficient life-support system or such.
> > > And yes, I am serious about the SHX Raven!
> > I'm afraid you are...
> > I heard they have parts of or complete 40 Saturn V lying around somewhere.
> > Why not just use these? A third stage with one person payload should get
> > into orbit (no sims, just a guess).
> > Oliver