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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #480 on: 08/11/2022 08:38 pm »
There is a whole thread on Thor and Delta variants
And here it - or at least one of them -  is.
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40733.0
The Thor high resolution image thread on L2 is here.  Every launch from 1957 into 1974 now, and counting.
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #481 on: 08/11/2022 08:55 pm »
Best Looking:  Delta Heavy and Russian Angara.

Worse looking: N-1 and SLS.

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #482 on: 08/11/2022 09:07 pm »
Great idea for a thread, Jim! As much as I love the Falcon 9 for what it does, it is a rather boring looking rocket being essentially a long straight stick.

Well, there is one aspect of Falcon 9/H that is particularly good looking:

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #483 on: 08/12/2022 04:07 am »
Been a fan of the scout launch vehicle as well, built by NASA’s Langley research center and is the smallest launch vehicle but doesn’t receive the amount of notoriety compared to other larger and more reliable launch vehicles.

The scout was originally used for R&D test flights and reentry missions to understand the problems of high speed reentry and which materials could withstand high temperatures during its decent through the atmosphere. Now scout is used by NASA, DoD and several European nations. One of the most internationally recognized project launched by scout was the San Marco project, conceived by professor Luigi broglio in 1961 for Italy to launch its first satellite, and in 14 December Italy’s first research satellite was launched from wallops flight facility by a Scout launch vehicle and launched into orbit, 4 other San Marco spacecrafts will be launched from the San Marco equatorial mobile launch platform until 1988 where the last Italian built San Marco was launched. Scout continued to fly for more than 3 decades before ending its long successful run in 1994 placing the second miniature technology interrogation satellite into orbit.
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #484 on: 08/12/2022 05:00 am »
Here’s some more scout launch photos, most of the launches took place from wallops island or from the western test range at Vandenberg AFB
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #485 on: 08/12/2022 06:14 am »

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #487 on: 08/12/2022 06:24 am »
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #488 on: 08/12/2022 12:38 pm »
Scout thread here.
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47462.0

L2 high resolution Scout thread here.
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47251.0

Better to post an image or two here to make the "best looking rocket" point, then post the rest of the images in the general Scout or Thor, etc., threads I think.

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #489 on: 08/12/2022 01:24 pm »
Best conceptual rocket is the 2016 SpaceX ITS. RocketLab’s Neutron also looks phenomenal. Terran-R looks great as well.

Best looking actual rocket… hard to say. Agreed DC-X looks great, but the quadrilateral symmetry doesn’t quite do it for me.

Some rockets look great because they are prototypical workhorses. V-2’s design was synonymous with “rocket” for many. R7/Soyuz is distinctive and almost steampunk at this point, conical side tanks really look anachronistic. Saturn V is just always going to be awesome as the original moon rocket with black and white scheme. Shuttle is iconic as well. Delta II as the workhorse showing SRB cluster-maxing in an aesthetically pleasing trilateral symmetry pattern.

I have a special place in my heart for N-1. The conical shape of the first 3 stages, the spherical tanks, the symmetry of it. Spherical tanks are synonymous with the Soviet style of space vehicle design. And just the raw number of engines on it looks great with the ring pattern of the engines. This is one reason the SpaceX Super Heavy booster looks amazing underneath. (The raw size of the F-1 engines, especially with their steampunk flight cladding, also is awesome.)

And I like the sleek, perfect stainless steel look of the original Atlas, basically a single stage to orbit rocket (and if fitted with modern engines like the Merlin 1D, it wouldn’t need to stage off engines in flight).

I also kind of like Japanese H-2. Chonky side boosters.

Pegasus is kind of neat, too.

Falcon 9 looks fantastic with the landing legs and Dragon 2 on top.

I like Masten’s Xaero, at least in some iterations. Actually, even Xombie has a sort of greeble/engineering pragmatism aspect to it that I like, although Xoie is the more cute version of that. Blue Ball is kind of nice, too.

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #490 on: 08/12/2022 03:26 pm »
 Considering how many decades after my first SF book I waited for this, I think it's the most beautiful vehicle I've ever seen.
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #491 on: 08/13/2022 11:45 am »
Nominee for the best looking rocket ever, the DELTA
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #492 on: 08/13/2022 12:25 pm »
N1. Nothing comes close.  ;D

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #493 on: 08/13/2022 12:53 pm »
Instead of having to use expensive launch vehicles the scout is much cheaper and can launch in a short amount of time so that is my reason.


Not true on either point

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #494 on: 08/13/2022 12:58 pm »

Where did you find these photos?
They’re from my collection.


That isn't a legitimate answer. There had to be a source for your "collection".  You did not take the photos.

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #495 on: 08/15/2022 06:42 am »
Dominant for still the best and most awesome rocket ever 😍
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #496 on: 08/15/2022 12:11 pm »
Instead of having to use expensive launch vehicles the scout is much cheaper and can launch in a short amount of time so that is my reason.


Not true on either point
Scout was cheaper than its peers on a total cost basis, though not on a per kg basis.  It ended up costing more than hoped, as the attached capture from NASA's SP-4211 shows, but was still cheaper.

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #497 on: 08/15/2022 02:54 pm »
Dominant for still the best and most awesome rocket ever 😍

There are better versions of the photos and have data.
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #498 on: 08/15/2022 03:27 pm »
I'd note one post of a rocket is fine. No need for 20 posts of a rocket.
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #499 on: 08/20/2022 02:04 pm »
CZ-5 is a very fine looking rocket, to me. The slightly outward canted booster plumes just looks so right
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