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Blackstar XOV: Wind tunnel model photos?

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posted on Mar, 27 2006 @ 11:49 AM
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cheers, I thought the premise sounded familiar. Good luck to both of you. The MC books have been a greeta series so far so I look forward to the publication of both these volumes.




posted on Mar, 27 2006 @ 12:20 PM
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Originally posted by waynos
Good luck to both of you.


Thanks. Mine is several years away... writing is a secondary line of work (day job is aerospace engineering - solid rocket ballistics). So Buttlers book is virtually assured to come out well in advance of mine, which would allow me to tweak mine to non-compete. Competition is generally a good thing, but redundant information does not sell well.

What'd be hilarious would be if I were to actually dig up the dirt on the "X-151," find that it was actually relevant for the Bomber Project book, include that information... and then watch people get all snippy because I make models. Snort.


Anyway, discussion of these photos elsewhere has suggested a possibility for the grids on the back: a large cluster of small, square-cross-section rocket engines. Square engines are obviously a bad idea from a structural standpoint, but if you pack 'em together, some of the structural issue goes away. And by having a grid of small engines, the *length* of the total engine for the thrust produced is much shorter than for a single engine, and throttling can be carried out fairly easily with no loss in specific impulse. I'm not convinced, but it's an interesting thought.



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