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Offline Ike17055

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Starliner on Vulcan
« on: 04/16/2016 06:35 PM »
Have any renderings of this combo been produced? Can we assume this configuration would involve no SRBs? Given the past discussion of adding a segment to the crew access tower once Vulcan comes on line, are we correct to assume the new combo will be taller than original configuration on AV.

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Re: Starliner on Vulcan
« Reply #1 on: 04/17/2016 06:32 PM »
Have any renderings of this combo been produced? Can we assume this configuration would involve no SRBs? Given the past discussion of adding a segment to the crew access tower once Vulcan comes on line, are we correct to assume the new combo will be taller than original configuration on AV.

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@JRSFN Vulcan Centaur would require a 422 configure. A Vulcan ACES would need a Vulcan 40X (baseline ACES)

I've seen a render of this configuration. I'll see if I can find it here on NSF.
edit: Here: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35754.msg1361695#msg1361695

As for CAT, AR-1 powered Vulcan would require a lift. BE-4 powered Vulcan-Centaur might not. I'm guessing (?) Vulcan-ACES will require changes.

I believe there's a non-trivial possibility that CST-100 will never fly on Vulcan, especially Vulcan-ACES.

Vulcan cancellation, delays, and/or parallel Atlas V operations could keep CST-100 on Atlas until ISS retirement.

Vulcan-ACES will come online around 2023/2024 when ISS retirement may be imminent. Will there really be a market for LEO transportation services then?
« Last Edit: 04/17/2016 06:34 PM by arachnitect »

Offline baldusi

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Re: Starliner on Vulcan
« Reply #2 on: 04/17/2016 09:56 PM »
I understand that Vulcan/Centaur interstage and ACES wide body are designed so that the payload plane is kept constante between versions.

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