torstai 30. tammikuuta 2014

SW ship from Episode II as a model ?

I was thinking whether I got the idea from here or vice versa ?

First step to space !

To make something usefull outa this I figure it should carry a small satellite into earth orbit..possibly no higher than 200 km altitude. Release should take place in 32 km altitude ( 1/3 way to the space ).
Small correction below !
Plane could also have a rocket assisted booster which is not dropped to reach 60 km altitude for test purposes ! Below yet another update...with more lifting area.

tiistai 28. tammikuuta 2014

Some idea of the size of this "beast" !

The original idea in 2003 was very sketchy..and raw..just the word "using space shuttle boosters" indicates the main idea.

Some details to further understand the system

Comparison with APOLLO lunar landing module. The TINMAN lunar module of the STAR EAGLE space rocket is just 1/53th of the APOLLO payload with lunar and command module. The solar powered craft with boosted some accu power just couldn't lift a 3 000 000 kg craft to space...but a 5000 kg craft easily to 25 km altitude...and with rocket power higher to 120 km.
Do you get it now ? APOLLO used 95 % of its mass by the altitude of 125 km..thus SOLAR EAGLE carries just the 3rd stage with a very lite Lunar/Reentry Module.

Explaining the concept.

Some fundamental ideas. The very idea of the mixed lifting body and wing combo was discussed at many years ago. System is based on Cm negative and Cm positive airfoils compensating.
Insane amount of research has been put to this to find an efficient lay out for this. I started a rigorous research in 2007.
The foil has L/D of it is a high lifting foil.

Hello everyone interested about a low cost orbital launch vehicle !

I just start by adding few drawings...since a drawing tells more than thousand words.
Using ground effect on take off is one of the key issues in saving energy at take off.
So ther is a 1/5 scale model and the actual 128 meters spanning ( yes it is huge ) Solar Eagle drawings mixed here displayed.
See how high the Solar Eagle flies on solar power first...without using a drop of the fuel.
Also Strato Launch Systems LaunchOne here compared !
This is to show that at 15 km the Solar Eagle ( 1/6 scale model ) still beats the Solar Impulse power/thrust with a clear margin...and is climbing. One engine/prop below.
This is just my idea to use solar power to 25-30 km altitude and thereafter switch into rocket power...and fly up to 100-140 km altitude with 100 km/h IAS speed ( TAS 14 000 km/h ) and release the STAR EAGLE there. Solar Eagle glides to 40 km and there on flies with solar power back to the airfield. I hope I have cleared all possible aspects now...there are many of them. Main one being to use the parasites ( space rocket ) thruster in a climb to 120-140 km altitude using the onboard fuel. Thus no fuel of the Star Eagle will be used on the way up...until launched. I call this the second generation launch system..since it delivers the payload right into the orbit..or very near it. This might sound a bit exuberant, but actually I first discovered this mother ship / space rocked combo already in February 4th 2003.