Author Topic: Which commercial crew vehicle would you choose to be transported on?  (Read 27715 times)

Offline edkyle99

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Which craft would you select and why?
Dream Chaser, for three reasons.

1.  Safest (most proven) launch vehicle configuration.
2.  Lower reentry g-forces.
3.  Higher cross range.

I'm not crazy about the hybrid motor set up though.

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For a variety of reasons, Dragon is my favorite. But for amusement-park-ride value, Dreamchaser would be my choice, especially if I got to sit right behind the pilots!

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Dragon.

Offline mr. mark

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I'd have to say a powered Dragon reentry would be pretty cool. So, I'll go with that. Dreamchaser would be just as awesome. At this point, I'd settle for a spacesuit and a giant slingshot. I figure I'd have as much chance of surviving that as being one of the Mars One crew.

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I figure I'd have as much chance of surviving that as being one of the Mars One crew.

Isn't your chance of "survival" on the Mars One crew equal to zero, by definition? It's a one way mission, you're not coming back. Even if you could, would you really want to die on Earth if you had the option of dying on Mars?

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True but if I'm going on a one way trip to anywhere it's Tahiti not Mars. I will leave that to Elon.

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Dragon for sure, especially if doing a propulsive landing  :o

Riding the Falcon is half the fun.  :D

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What Ed Kyle said.
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Which craft would you select and why?
Dream Chaser, for three reasons.

1.  Safest (most proven) launch vehicle configuration.
2.  Lower reentry g-forces.
3.  Higher cross range.

I'm not crazy about the hybrid motor set up though.

 - Ed Kyle

I'll take an easy exit from a vehicle with a non-toxic hybrid motor over any vehicle with toxic residue from the hypergol thrusters.

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Which craft would you select and why?
Dream Chaser, for three reasons.

1.  Safest (most proven) launch vehicle configuration.
2.  Lower reentry g-forces.
3.  Higher cross range.

I'm not crazy about the hybrid motor set up though.

 - Ed Kyle

I'll take an easy exit from a vehicle with a non-toxic hybrid motor over any vehicle with toxic residue from the hypergol thrusters.
that's a valid consideration (though There are a lot of nontoxic liquid propellants as well). But hypergolic thrusters are more reliable because they're basically guaranteed to ignite.
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Offline veedriver22

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Dream Chaser.

Offline vt_hokie

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I would have a lot more confidence putting my life in the hands of the Atlas V than I would the Falcon 9, though of course that could change as the Falcon builds a flight history and gets refinements as experience dictates.

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Dreamchaser for LEO & Dragon for BEO. Both IMHO "look" like real spaceships & I'd want to take more than one trip to space. ;)

edited for bad speeling eror. :(
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Soyuz. But if we're talking about a commercial vehicle, I guess CST-100. The combined thrill of an SRB powered launch, a rough descent and a hard landing just makes you feel like a real astronaut.

Though Dream Chaser would be a lot more comfortable so I would probably end up picking that one in the end.

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Dream Chaser.

Offline newpylong

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Anything on an Atlas V.
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Absolutely Dream Chaser, because I'd take the thing off auto pilot, grab the stick and actually FLY the thing down (hey, may as well take this fantasy to its highest level). Screaming toward a runway on a steep glide slope, pulling that nose up, and gently setting that baby on the center line at much higher than normal touchdown velocity! Sheesh, why anyone would want to be in a capsule where you can't see and then drop into the ocean like a cork instead of actively flying a spaceship from orbit to touchdown is completely beyond me. I don't want to feel like cargo; I want to FLY THAT HYPERSONIC PLANE.

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Dragon - But only if it could be on a Falcon Heavy!!  ;D
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Dragon or Dream Chaser.
Should have made this a poll!
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Yeah, if a mod sees this please change this thread into a poll thread.
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