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Offline Elmar Moelzer

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #460 on: 05/09/2016 10:46 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. When it comes to looks, I prefer shorter, stubbier looking rockets with some interesting details on them. I love the S1B and the DC-X for those reasons. But the best looking rocket of all time had to be the Mercury Atlas. The short stubby shape combined with the silver color was just so 60ies science fiction. The little engines on the side add just the right amount of detail.
If we allowed never realized concepts to participate, Gary Hudson's Phoenix would be my personal favorite, though.
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #461 on: 05/11/2016 09:05 am »
This is the view of STS 3

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #462 on: 05/19/2016 01:05 am »
I would nominate one more specific launch


Orion - the first and only manned not-too-deep-space craft

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #463 on: 06/10/2016 05:50 am »
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. When it comes to looks, I prefer shorter, stubbier looking rockets with some interesting details on them. I love the S1B and the DC-X for those reasons. But the best looking rocket of all time had to be the Mercury Atlas. The short stubby shape combined with the silver color was just so 60ies science fiction. The little engines on the side add just the right amount of detail.
If we allowed never realized concepts to participate, Gary Hudson's Phoenix would be my personal favorite, though.

I've always loved the MA's to pieces. The shiny steel, the balloon tank, and the 1 1/2 stage to orbit design - all done with such relatively early technology - never ceases to impress. Plus, for some reason I just love that engine configuration and how it makes the shape interesting by being not perfectly round.

There's also something to be said for how neat it is to avoid the issues associated with staging - by simply not staging.

Something that always amazes me when seeing the craft at the Huntsville center is how relatively small it is. It's pretty big on some terms, but it's still dwarfed by the surrounding trees, and since it's on its side, you can see the top of the structure where the Mercury interstage (is that the right term for it?) would go - and it's not actually that big at all. Seeing it, you can imagine why they said you "rode" the Mercury capsule instead of "piloting" it. Its size almost gives you the impression it's something you could own without being a millionaire, and seeing a launch vehicle so small that can put a person up almost makes you think that getting into orbit isn't that hard :P

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #464 on: 06/11/2016 08:23 pm »
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #465 on: 08/11/2022 06:14 am »
Been a big fan of the Thor delta family and the Delta II americas most reliable and launched vehicle that has outlived the shuttle.
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #466 on: 08/11/2022 06:23 am »
Just wanted to show more Delta II photos since you know big fan of the Delta/Thor family
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #467 on: 08/11/2022 07:10 am »
Here are some photos of the Delta 2000 series a improved version of the 1000 series delta
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #468 on: 08/11/2022 07:18 am »
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #469 on: 08/11/2022 07:56 am »
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #470 on: 08/11/2022 08:05 am »
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #471 on: 08/11/2022 08:47 am »
Here are some of the Extended long tank delta’s which were improved versions of the delta e which could deliver more weight to geostationary or geosynchronous transfer orbit or interplanetary space
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #472 on: 08/11/2022 08:56 am »
Delta E an improved version of the delta D variant which could deliver more payload capacity to geostationary orbit increasing the weight of satellites
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #473 on: 08/11/2022 10:14 am »

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #474 on: 08/11/2022 11:20 am »
Here’s some delta 3000 photos, it was a more powerful version of the delta 2000s to house the larger payloads such as satcom and other communication satellites that weighed about 2000 pounds and had a PAM D stage to boost larger communication satellites into geostationary orbit
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #475 on: 08/11/2022 11:54 am »
Saturn V for ne. In fact the Saturn V for me is in a group of my favorites.  The Spitfire, Big Boy Steam loco, AC Cobra and WWII Jeep.

A good little video on the Jeep.


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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #476 on: 08/11/2022 04:50 pm »
Here’s some Thor delta variants which had alphabetical designation, Delta’s A B and C were just a single booster rocket, the Delta D, E, G, J, L, M, N used either 3 or 6 strap on boosters to give a little more kick at launch which increased the thrust to boost larger payload.
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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #477 on: 08/11/2022 05:11 pm »
Here’s some Thor delta variants which had alphabetical designation, Delta’s A B and C were just a single booster rocket, the Delta D, E, G, J, L, M, N used either 3 or 6 strap on boosters to give a little more kick at launch which increased the thrust to boost larger payload.

There is a whole thread on Thor and Delta variants

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #478 on: 08/11/2022 05:39 pm »
I know man, there are several Thor/delta variants. They were initially derived from the Thor intermediate range ballistic missile which was used by the Air Force and launched many R&D test flights as well reentry vehicles to be used on the atlas rocket, they launched 3 suborbital reentry payloads carrying mice some of which dint end well for the mice. I could go on about this but I wouldn’t want to waste your time but I hope you can understand what I mean I appreciate your comment and thanks again, have an amazing day/night wherever you’re in right now.

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Re: Best Looking Rocket
« Reply #479 on: 08/11/2022 05:49 pm »
The V-2 was actually an exact upsize of the 8mm Mauser bullet.  The Germans thought it to be the perfect shape for pushing through the atmosphers.
Source?

Not that I disbelieve; it would just be a nice thing to have a source on.

The bullet is the part that flies out of the cartridge, the projectile.  Not the whole cartridge.  The shape of the V-2 is the shape of the bullet part.  Not exact dimensions.  Maybe they just told Hitler that, but I read it somewhere about the shape of the V-2.  The last picture is a picture of actual bullets.  Pointed at one end, wider in the middle and tapered at the back end. 

I reload my ammunition.  Bullets are the projectile.  The brass, bullet, powder and primers all make up the cartridge.  The picture of the actual bullets seems they are a little fat looking.
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