Quote from: Asteroza on 09/14/2023 11:19 pmWow, HVX is now rather, um, conventional...You mean in the sense that it's a shape that might attract funding from people like the USAFRL or CNES?HVX is designed for military use, and to be manufacturable. The customer seems fairly well motivated to make this an actual flight vehicle.As always the devils in the details, specifically how well you leverage the design of the reusable parts to simplify the Stg 2 while maintaining orbital accuracy in altitude, speed and angle.
Wow, HVX is now rather, um, conventional...
"HOTOL, Skylon, and the future of the SABRE Rocket Engine"--youtube link--
Designing a military aircraft for the Americans, step one: eliminate canards.
That image is not HVX, it's the notional TSTO launcher. The attached images are HVX.
Quote from: edzieba on 09/19/2023 12:28 pmThat image is not HVX, it's the notional TSTO launcher. The attached images are HVX.It's interesting to a layman like me however that the front of both vehicles is a straight edge - a bit like a flat head screwdriver. Not a great descrition but I hope you'll get what I'm trying to say.
ESA is launching a competition which initiates a first phase of activities for European companies to eventually demonstrate a complete cargo delivery service to and from space stations in low-Earth orbit by 2028.https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Competition_developing_Europe_s_space_cargo_return_service
Quote from: edzieba on 09/19/2023 12:28 pmThat image is not HVX, it's the notional TSTO launcher. The attached images are HVX.I'm a bit late to the party, but I want to point out even that is not HVX; that is Concept V.
I have to say we're really short of information at the moment.