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As the title say. This is blog about my developement projects for Orbiter and some random ideas.
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Shuttle Replacement Project

Posted 05-14-2012 at 11:08 PM by Loru
Updated 05-15-2012 at 06:52 PM by Loru

As it's too early to create dev thread I post it here.

As I made significant pprogress in 3d modelling recently, I created a spaceplane mesh that will (hopefully) transform into nice add on.

Orbital Vehicle data:

Lenght: ~30 meters
Wingspan: 20 meters
Cargo capacity: 15 tons
delta V of OV: ~1400 m/s
Main engine thrust: 400kN total


1.) Sabre engines fueled by Kerosene (with LOX as oxidizer). In space they work like OMS on Shuttle, after reentry you switch to jet mode and use them as normal jet engines (come handy when you missed your landing spot by few clicks). Also you can fill OV with kerosene on ground and with full tanks it will fly for around 2 hours like normal jet. Flight training, OV transfer from airport to airport.
2.) 3.8 x 8 meter payload bay with APAS docking system and airlock inside
3.) Crew of 2 + "4 passengers"

Launched on stack consisting of:
- LH2/LOX cryogenic core stage (2 RS-68 engines)
- 2 Kero/LOX fueled Boosters (1 RD-171 Engine each)

And here are 3 shots:

Stack (MAX render)

Early aerodynamic test (Orbiter)

On Kulch's Energia as temporary launch vehicle (Orbiter)

Progress on LRBs:
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  1. Old Comment
    Scav's Avatar
    Allow me to wipe up the drool. Looks great!
    Posted 05-15-2012 at 12:11 AM by Scav Scav is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Interceptor's Avatar
    Looks awesome as ever,can't wait to fly her.
    Posted 05-15-2012 at 05:57 AM by Interceptor Interceptor is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Loru's Avatar
    more progress on LRBs:
    Posted 05-15-2012 at 03:02 PM by Loru Loru is offline
    Updated 05-15-2012 at 06:53 PM by Loru
  4. Old Comment
    Loru's Avatar
    I made some tests (using Velcro Rockets) to check my launch vehicle calculations and stack worked exactly as planned/calculated.

    Launch Vehicle (Core + Boosters) is capable of launching 81 tons to 45 deg Inc 200 x 200 km orbit launched from equator with ~30 tons of fuel left in Core Stage (7%). That fuel may be either use to deorbit Core stage or to boost to around 6000 x 200 km orbit.

    Given shuttle's own 1.3 km/s dV I predict working ceiling up to 8000 x 8000 km orbit or possibly even GEO with additional fuel in shuttle (payload bay fuel tank).

    Now I'm working on additional shuttle systems needed in the Shuttle.

    Posted 05-17-2012 at 01:57 PM by Loru Loru is offline
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    Loru's Avatar
    Posted 05-19-2012 at 07:43 PM by Loru Loru is offline
  6. Old Comment
    PhantomCruiser's Avatar
    That's a nice looking stack. Very Energ-ish, but sleeker with sex appeal.
    Posted 05-23-2012 at 08:38 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
  7. Old Comment
    Loru's Avatar
    And little spin off - 120 tons to LEO or 85 in 2 booster config:

    Posted 05-23-2012 at 05:21 PM by Loru Loru is offline
  8. Old Comment
    Dores's Avatar
    Looking great Loru!

    Are these multistage or spacecraft vessels? Will there be an autopilot?

    And, can I help in any way? I really like your add-ons and want to give something back. I can't code or model. I can play though... or anything else you think I could do!

    Looking forward to flying these from Cssc!


    Posted 05-23-2012 at 06:12 PM by Dores Dores is offline
  9. Old Comment
    Loru's Avatar
    They'll use custom dll to implement all features - no multistage/spacecraft3/velcro.

    I'll keep you in mind when we enter beta stage.
    Posted 05-24-2012 at 12:58 PM by Loru Loru is offline
  10. Old Comment
    Dores's Avatar
    Ah, brilliant :D

    Thank you! Hope I can be of help.


    Posted 05-24-2012 at 05:59 PM by Dores Dores is offline
  11. Old Comment
    theshhh's Avatar
    ME. WANT. NOW!

    good work
    Posted 05-27-2012 at 06:28 AM by theshhh theshhh is offline
  12. Old Comment
    Loru's Avatar
    And some power details:

    Posted 06-01-2012 at 07:57 PM by Loru Loru is offline
  13. Old Comment
    SABRE? Anything to do with Skylon?
    I like it very much! Hope to see this very soon!
    I wonder what features it will have.....Mind modeling DGIV-grade damage and XR-grade cockpits with active VC like DG-Class, and good SFX?
    Also, the smaller boosters clearly indicate better tech I must note
    Posted 01-27-2016 at 04:21 PM by Abdallah Abdallah is offline
    Updated 01-27-2016 at 04:25 PM by Abdallah
  14. Old Comment
    I also want to help in this. It's one of the best things I've seen, save for twin tail, but I'll probably find appeal in that later. May I be of any help too?
    Posted 01-31-2016 at 03:55 PM by Abdallah Abdallah is offline

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