- Jan 1, 2008
- Reaction score
- Sydney, Australia
Dynasoar:CVELTitanIVB STATUS Landed Earth POS -120.6265787 34.5804914 ;SLC-6 launch table coordinates - Delta IV, STS, MOL ;BASE Vandenberg:1 HEADING 0.00 TGT_HEADING 185.0 FUEL 1.000 CONFIGURATION 0 SRM_TYPE 2 SECOND STAGE 1 UPPER STAGE 0 AUTO LEO 1 SHIFTFOCUS 1 THRUST_TERM 1 PADBIAS -24.0 FAIRING 0 PAYLOAD Interstage TenFtInterstage TenFtInterstage 0 0 -3.8 100.0 0 0.0 1.0 STAGE X-20 X20/burncycles_dynasoar X20/X20wTranstage 0 0 3.85 19442.0 0.0 1.0 PAYLOAD TelescopeBay X20/Scope X20/Scope 0 0 8.65 900.000 0 1 ENDSTAGE
Opening my documents from Boeing, i hope Dyna-Soar Shuttle for 4 people or some kind of nuke bomb, with Bombsight MFD off course.You mean an AR-15 rifle? Wow, now that's roughing it!
As for X-20 not having an ASAT, it's not hard to imagine that the follow-on runs into trouble and so the X-20 gets an ASAT payload instead. After all, there's plenty of room in that payload bay for such a device.
The nice thing about a space-to-space missile is that is doesn't have to be aerodynamic or look like a conventional missile at all. Make it short and fat, with sensors and thrusters sticking out of it, maybe an antenna, and just make sure it has a healthy delta-V budget. No explosives, of course, kinetic kill would work. The X-20/Titan acts as the booster stage, so all you need is enough delta-V to finish an intercept, via plane change if necessary. (Not sure how you would get a firing solution, but the hardware would work, anyway).
Alternatively, the "ASAT missile" could be a robotic satellite payload with spray paint cans and other dastardly implements that just gets deployed by the X-20 and maneuvers to close quarters with the target. After doing it's job it does one final burn to push away and possibly long-term deorbit. This vehicle could be used for more benign inspection missions as well.
Hmmm....I am starting to consider an addon payload for the X-20, now...