posted on Aug, 16 2006 @ 10:25 PM
Originally posted by D4rk Kn1ght
The rocket im speaking of is the one NASA has to pay the Russians each time it wants heavy lift into space.
Do you mean Progress? The Progress M, which has the largest payload capacity, can loft 2,600 kg to LEO. That is the type that NASA is currently using
to loft supplies to the ISS on occasion. The Saturn V could launch 118,000 kg to LEO, or 47,000 kg to Lunar Orbit. The Space Shuttle can loft a
payload of over 25,000 kg to LEO.
So... What is this spacecraft you're speaking of?
If they are calling it saturn, then its not going to be too far from a rebuild is it? oh and they are looking at the plans as well...so no, I expected
more than rebuilding a 1960' design.
No, they're not naming it within the Saturn line of rockets. While using updated Saturn technology, it will be called Ares. This is no different than
the Saturn rockets using updated technology of its own predecessors.
EDIT TO ADD: Also, NASA already has two heavy lift rockets: The Atlas V Heavy (25,000 kg to LEO) and the Delta IV Heavy (not used for LEO, but can
take over 13,000 kg to GTO).
[edit on 8/16/2006 by cmdrkeenkid]