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Hello all. Thanks for starting this thread. One of our themes at Firefly will be transparency; we look forward to continued dialog with the community as our vehicles and company mature. We will update the website soon to provide details on performance, and technology employed.-Tom Markusic
What's a New Space environment? Masten-like or SpaceX-like?
One interesting tidbit from the announcement is that it sounds like they will be focusing on sun-synchronous orbits, which makes sense for comm sat constellations and downward-looking telescopes, but also means they need a launch site like Vanderburg where they can launch polar, slightly retrograde.
Quote from: simonbp on 01/09/2014 03:08 pmHydrocarbon scramjet?The otherwise "rockety" looks suggests flight path that's already above of most of the atmosphere before scramjet speed achieved so I'd guess no. Voting for ramjet that is tuned to assist as early as possible, say from ~1M to flame out at .. uh .. 3-4M. (SWAG!)
Why rule out Sea Launch? It looks small enough.
Quote from: Darren_Hensley on 01/09/2014 04:49 pmWhy rule out Sea Launch? It looks small enough.Because Sea Launch is not going to let a competitor use its facilities and there are ITAR issues.