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Discussion in 'Santa Cruz, CA' started by DarkLordSid, Jun 19, 2006.

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  1. DarkLordSid

    DarkLordSid Jedi Padawan star 4

    Aug 3, 2004
    Maybe this won't be as exciting to you as it is to me, but I'm a space geek so this just seems cool as hell (all puns intended).

    There is a project to develop a new cheaper rocket engine that uses a tornado like vortex air flow to cool the engine. They have done a test (pictured in the article) with a 3000 Deg F flame in a combustible Plexiglas tube. The pic shows a hot blue white flame in the tube which was undamaged and remained cool to the touch.

    Also they are working on a cheap booster to put low value consumables (food, water, fuel) into orbit for the Space Station or maybe even another sort of habitat, they are hoping for costs as low as $500 a pound, much lower than the current average of $4,000 to $18,000 per pound for a ?Western Rocket?*

    The fun part (?!) is that they predict that as many as one out of three mid ocean sea launches might go BOOM, and that all will reenter the spent booster over the Pacific, breaking up likely in a brilliant comet of fire. So either way, there's going to be some interesting fireworks off the coast...

    *Western Rocket refers to those made in the USA or European regions. Non Western (Ukranian, Russian, and Chinese) boosters may range as low as $2000 a pound. Data extracted from a white paper by the Futron Corporation, 2002, )
  2. TionneHawk

    TionneHawk Jedi Knight star 5

    Apr 28, 2002
    Cool beans! We are really going places with the space programs worldwide (all puns intended).
    I have a friend at MIT right now who I am sure will end up in orbit at some point or another in her career.
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