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2022-10-04 8:26:04 AM  
Oh yes, lets put an explosive rocket through 10,000Gs of force before tossing it into the air, what could possibly go wrong?
 
2022-10-04 8:40:11 AM  
When do they start launching astronauts?

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2022-10-04 9:17:51 AM  

kkinnison: Oh yes, lets put an explosive rocket through 10,000Gs of force before tossing it into the air, what could possibly go wrong?


I don't know, but I sure want to see.
 
2022-10-04 9:21:14 AM  
Would be nice if they said somewhere what altitude they were reaching.
 
2022-10-04 9:38:36 AM  
It's the logical progression in suborbital hamster technology.
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2022-10-04 9:58:26 AM  

Nuclear Monk: It's the logical progression in suborbital hamster technology.[Fark user image image 220x227]


That would probably work better.
 
2022-10-04 10:13:29 AM  
2 Hamsters 1 Wheel
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2022-10-04 10:18:28 AM  

kkinnison: Oh yes, lets put an explosive rocket through 10,000Gs of force before tossing it into the air, what could possibly go wrong?


I think the idea is that you don't need a rocket, you just toss the payload up there into the orbit that you want.
 
2022-10-04 10:31:27 AM  

Incog_Neeto: kkinnison: Oh yes, lets put an explosive rocket through 10,000Gs of force before tossing it into the air, what could possibly go wrong?

I think the idea is that you don't need a rocket, you just toss the payload up there into the orbit that you want.


It's a mutli-stage design. Since most of the conventional rocket fuel is spent carrying rocket fuel up to where the air thins out and you start getting up to orbital speed, skipping to a few miles up before your thrusters engage might work. Or this is all a money burning party and the real goal was to pay off everybody's student loans while pocketing the silver.
 
2022-10-04 11:16:53 AM  

wildcardjack: Or this is all a money burning party and the real goal was to pay off everybody's student loans while pocketing the silver.


Naaaaah, can't be that.  I'm sure there's a perfectly sensible way around the physics of a mass moving at high speed in a near-vacuum suddenly entering the dense lower atmosphere.
 
2022-10-04 11:20:35 AM  

dbirchall: Would be nice if they said somewhere what altitude they were reaching.


Two
 
2022-10-04 1:22:38 PM  

dbirchall: Would be nice if they said somewhere what altitude they were reaching.


Also, does anyone know offhand what orbits this thing is planned to reach?

I would imagine that it can't be easily repositioned, and thus would have a very limited range of target orbits (inclination, altitude, etc.)
 
2022-10-04 1:24:30 PM  

wildcardjack: Incog_Neeto: kkinnison: Oh yes, lets put an explosive rocket through 10,000Gs of force before tossing it into the air, what could possibly go wrong?

I think the idea is that you don't need a rocket, you just toss the payload up there into the orbit that you want.

It's a mutli-stage design. Since most of the conventional rocket fuel is spent carrying rocket fuel up to where the air thins out and you start getting up to orbital speed, skipping to a few miles up before your thrusters engage might work. Or this is all a money burning party and the real goal was to pay off everybody's student loans while pocketing the silver.


And in any case, the payload is likely to need at least maneuvering and/or station-keeping thrusters, which might react badly to those G-loads.
 
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