Author Topic: A mini "satellite launching ITS Spaceship" for the FH as a reusable second stage  (Read 1279 times)

Offline Peter.Colin

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A simpler mini "satellite launching ITS Spaceship" could be built for the Falcon Heavy.
This instead of the cilidrical second stage concepts which seem to trade-off a lot of payload, for their reusability.
This simpler mini ITS Spaceship stage should have a suitable opening and closing satellite bay.
For heavier payloads it could be re-fueled by a mini tanker(s) to be able to land.



- Refueling in orbit breaks the trade-off, payload/re-usability

- The basic architecture of the ITS can be tested, while earning money.

- The Raptor engine takes flight, crucial for SpaceX

- The BFR and life support systems do not have to be ready for this concept

- You could practice ITS landing.
« Last Edit: 07/09/2017 02:11 PM by Peter.Colin »

Offline meekGee

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A simpler mini "satellite launching ITS Spaceship" could be built for the Falcon Heavy.
This instead of the cilidrical second stage concepts which seem to trade-off a lot of payload, for their reusability.
This simpler mini ITS Spaceship stage should have a suitable opening and closing satellite bay.
For heavier payloads it could be re-fueled by a mini tanker(s) to be able to land.



- Refueling in orbit breaks the trade-off, payload/re-usability

- The basic architecture of the ITS can be tested, while earning money.

- The Raptor engine takes flight, crucial for SpaceX

- The BFR and life support systems do not have to be ready for this concept

- You could practice ITS landing.

100% right, and discussed here:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43219.0
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