New Engine, New Core, 150T or larger.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/spacex-aims-big-with-massive-new-rocket-377687/
I'm also frankly struggling with figuring out a business case for this...
Quote from: neilh on 10/15/2012 08:53 pmI'm also frankly struggling with figuring out a business case for this... I too. Probably not one, for several decades. They would do it for fun if they have dough, either through normal F9/FH revenues, or sell it to the government(s), cheaper alternatives to SLS Block 2 or something. My guess is for that. A super rocket will be 3-5 billion dollars.
About the engine, as they have the people and the development of Merlin 1 and Draco will be finished or slowed down in the next months and I you like to keep this rocket engine people in your company, you need to give them some new challenge... will cost you nothing more than today.
Quote from: GalacticIntruder on 10/15/2012 08:42 pmNew Engine, New Core, 150T or larger.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/spacex-aims-big-with-massive-new-rocket-377687/This is interesting because this looks like a more direct signal that SpaceX will compete with SLS. In addition to already having plans to launch Falcon Heavy in 2013/14 that can lift 53 metric tons.
One thing to notice is that he specifically said 7 meter diameter. This might exclude multicore and surely excludes wing vehicles.
That is the core diameter right? So might the fairing diameter be even bigger?
I'd rather they (whether Elon, NASA, ULA, etc) fly smaller ones more often and cheaply, instead of just promising the next-big-thing.