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Offline BretShooter

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New Shepherd and Stratolaunch
« on: 04/04/2019 07:38 pm »
Is the Stratolaunch vehicle capable of hoisting the New Shepherd?  BO could sell it to them or even upgrade it (New Grissom?) for that purpose. They could also sub out the capsule for a fairing.  It seems like a natural pairing to me.

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Re: New Shepherd and Stratolaunch
« Reply #1 on: 04/04/2019 07:46 pm »
I don't think so. New Shepard is a rocket specifically designed to launch from land. It will take a lot of modifications to make it air-startable. Not worth the efforts.

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Re: New Shepherd and Stratolaunch
« Reply #2 on: 04/04/2019 07:49 pm »
 The extra performance wouldn't be very useful either, any extra height above 100km for this kind of straight up-and-down trajectory rapidly increases the peak forces on the passengers during re-entry.

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Re: New Shepherd and Stratolaunch
« Reply #3 on: 04/04/2019 09:02 pm »
IMO I think Virgin Orbits Launcher One rocket would be a better fit. Could carry 3 on Stratolaunch in place of Pegasus rockets. It would be a much cheaper alternative. Feel free to discuss this in the thread I made in the Virgin Orbit/Galactic section.

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Re: New Shepherd and Stratolaunch
« Reply #4 on: 04/05/2019 05:02 am »
New Shepard goes only suborbital, 1 km/s. Stratolaunch adds another 1 km/s but Earth orbit is 9 km/s...

Kistler K-1 stage 1 or stage 2 (not the two of them, I mean one of the two, they weighed 130 mt and 250 mt respectively) could have reached orbit with 10 000 pounds of payload if air dropped from Stratolaunch's Roc.
100% SSTO and 100% reusable (parachutes, airbags, heatshield)

A pity Paul Allen didn't funded Kistler in 2011 when they went under...

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Re: New Shepherd and Stratolaunch
« Reply #5 on: 04/05/2019 02:11 pm »
New Shepard goes only suborbital, 1 km/s. Stratolaunch adds another 1 km/s but Earth orbit is 9 km/s...

Kistler K-1 stage 1 or stage 2 (not the two of them, I mean one of the two, they weighed 130 mt and 250 mt respectively) could have reached orbit with 10 000 pounds of payload if air dropped from Stratolaunch's Roc.
100% SSTO and 100% reusable (parachutes, airbags, heatshield)

A pity Paul Allen didn't funded Kistler in 2011 when they went under...

The New Shepard propulsion module has far more than 1 km/s of delta-v available. But still not enough to reach orbit.

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