Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Doesn't Quite Handle Like an Airplane



That is my new model Lunar Cargo Lander.




Here you see it hauling a standard EELV cargo can down to the lunar surface.

The rationale behind the lander is that it takes cargo from low lunar orbit to a lunar base on the surface, and vice versa using in situ-derived propellants. (Some lunar in-situ propellant ideas use common lunar materials like powdered aluminum and liquid oxygen. They are easy to produce, but give you cruddy Isp.)

The propellant tanks may be out of realistic scale, I'll have to do the math later.

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