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Dr Mordrid
4th October 2004, 22:23
During the Discovery Channel special "Black Sky" Sunday nignt Rutan showed some computer renderings that look like their followup systems. What got me is that he hinted that the SS1 followup is already in some stage of construction :eek: :eek:

Here's some screen captures and what info I could gleen;

Suborbital launch system (larger versions of SS1 & White Knight);

http://digitalvideo.8m.net/vss/launcher-suborbital.jpg

Ship cutaway (top);

http://digitalvideo.8m.net/vss/ship-cabin-top.jpg

Ship cutaway (front);

http://digitalvideo.8m.net/vss/ship-cabin-frt.jpg

Note that it carries 7 passengers vs. SS1's 3, has a much larger hybrid engine tube, several oxidizer tanks and presumably a couple of O2 tanks.

Orbital launch system;

http://digitalvideo.8m.net/vss/launcher-orbital.jpg

http://digitalvideo.8m.net/vss/launcher-orbital2.jpg

"Hotel" + docked ship + "gravity ring";

http://digitalvideo.8m.net/vss/station.jpg

"Gravity ring" is a rotating station with .2 Earth gravity, very much like Von Brauns concept from the 1950's.

WOW.....if they can pull this stuff off and still do cold re-entries it'll revolutionize manned orbital flight.

Dr. Mordrid

Jammrock
5th October 2004, 05:54
Space tourism!!! And quicker than I thought.

K6-III
5th October 2004, 20:25
Hell yeah!

KRSESQ
5th October 2004, 20:37
Still got my TWA reservation to the moon around here, somewhere.

C'mon, guys! Get off the stick! I wanna cash in this thing!

Kevin

az
5th October 2004, 21:49
I honestly read "I wanna crash in this thing!" :D

AZ