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What will be the next US piloted craft to grace this shelf?

SpaceX Dragon
7 (15.2%)
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo
30 (65.2%)
Xcor Lynx
6 (13%)
Boeing CST-100
2 (4.3%)
SNC Dreamchaser
0 (0%)
ATK/LM Composite capsule
0 (0%)
LM Orion
1 (2.2%)
Blue Origin New Shepard
0 (0%)
Other
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 46

Author Topic: What will be the next piloted US spacecraft to make it past the Karman line?  (Read 3444 times)

Online Bubbinski

A creative way of asking the question.  This picture shows all the US built and flown crewed craft that have made it past the Karman line (62 miles).  Over the past months I've built all these 1/72nd scale models and I wake up to seeing them every morning.  The Mercury is atop the Redstone and all the others are on stands or on their landing gear, and all of them are available model kits (not prebuilt) from Dragon, Revell, Amodel, Trumpeter, and MPM. 

I will build a kit of the next US built craft that successfully flies people past the Karman line and display it proudly alongside these history making craft.  Which craft do you think will that be?
« Last Edit: 08/05/2012 10:28 PM by Bubbinski »
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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awwww you for :o got other in your poll
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Virgin Galactic most likely.  If we change the subject to next orbital flight on a US spacecraft, I'd say dragon.

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If you were to ask which piloted US vehicle will next fly under rocket power, that might be a race between SS2 and Lynx.

Jeff Bezos has billions to spend on rockets and can go at whatever pace he likes! Wow! What pace is he going at? Well... have you heard of Zeno's paradox?

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awwww you for :o got other in your poll

Fixed. :)

After I made this poll I thought about it and I may edit some more for an orbital option.  Actually I'll go ahead and make another poll for orbital only.

By the way I suspect that SpaceShipTwo might be the first craft to make it to my display.
« Last Edit: 08/06/2012 12:39 AM by Bubbinski »
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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If SS2 hasn't hit the Karman line before around 2016/17 I'd be very disappointed.

SS1 had a massive head start, the point of waiting around 20 years for SS2 is?  ::)

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If SS2 hasn't hit the Karman line before around 2016/17 I'd be very disappointed.

SS1 had a massive head start, the point of waiting around 20 years for SS2 is?  ::)

If that were to happen, I think the lesson would be clear: we still haven't learnt the value of small close-nit teams.
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If SS2 hasn't hit the Karman line before around 2016/17 I'd be very disappointed.

SS1 had a massive head start, the point of waiting around 20 years for SS2 is?  ::)

I have my doubts with the hybrid engines on SS2. So pick the Dragon.

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Lynx, based on talk/metal ratio.
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Lynx, based on talk/metal ratio.

Lynx might well fly above 60km before SS2, but Mk I can't make it to 100km (62 miles). Mk II probably won't fly before SS2's first space flight.

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If SS2 hasn't hit the Karman line before around 2016/17 I'd be very disappointed.

SS1 had a massive head start, the point of waiting around 20 years for SS2 is?  ::)

I have my doubts with the hybrid engines on SS2. So pick the Dragon.

I have heard that there is a liquid fuled replacment engine planned as a future upgrade.

SS2 for me too.