Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Blue skies for the VLA

I got the VLA flying nicely now, but it needs further tweaking, top speed is ~140m/s(~300mph). which seems about right in the ballpark of where I want it(simular to whiteknight), but takeoff is too fast 120m/s with the rocket, and it needs almost the whole runway(at KSC) to accelerate. I'm going to try and get it down to ~90m/s. But those numbers will come down if the rocket ends up lighter than I planned for(current guess ~150000kg, with a average ISP of 315)

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