posted on Oct, 23 2004 @ 04:45 PM
Sorry guys, no link.
I read it from a magazine at the library, and I can't even remember which one. I aggree that the magnetic field would definately mess up, if not
destroy, the computers on board.
What I think would be a more practical solution (though not exactly the best) would be to have a large balloon filled with helium attatched to the
nose to lighten the load by a few hundred pounds. But, when you think about it, the balloon would have to be monsterous, would go slower than the
shuttle itself, would rupture when high in the atmosphere, and 300 pounds is hardly anything in these terms. ...maybe it's not a great idea
I'll check up on which magazine it was if you're interested, and I'll try to get back to you on Mon. or Tues.