Introduction: One summer night, I raised my 5-year old eyes towards the sky and sighed, "Ah, the moon". Although this fragment of a sentence may seem archaic and . Throughout my childhood, I've gawked at jets and helicopters during air shows and drew fantastical spaceships and fighter jets, twirling in endless loops and spirals. The first idea I had for my project was to fix something from the past; the space shuttle. The space shuttle program, although successful, was flawed in many ways. For instance, the space shuttle used solid rocket boosters to reach orbit. These, once lit, burned at maximum thrust until it ran out of fuel, and were about as safe as strapping a bomb to your chair and hoping it would launch you upwards. Also, the space shuttle did not have an escape plan in the event of an emergency, something even the Apollo mission had in the form of a booster built to launch the command pod away from the spacecraft. Finally, the space shuttle was known as the flying brick. Space shuttle commanders trained in a Grumman Gulfstream C-11 with the landing gear down, the engines in reverse, blinds on the sides and the flaps up. However, I had initially decided against this, as no one used Korolev
Powerplant: Compact fusion Aerial and in space Stability Center of mass, lift, and thrust Additional systems Cockpit Landing gear Landing gear covers Gear bay SAS SLS RCS Variable geometry wing Power Generator and engine Troubleshooting Change in velocity TTW ratio Instability Entry aerodynamics + Angle of attack Fulcrum Spins out Vertical Tail fin Tons of drag Use singular control surface Engine blowout Engine layout Where does the engine sit? Thrust nozzles Flipping out Center of mass and center of lift Can't reach orbit Delta V Air intakes? Airbrakes Ai - Two flaps thingy landing where we want trajectory retrograde Payload bay One system Mid-range Cargo People Weight Fuel Radioactive shielding Water-based RCS Monopropellant Will water freeze How do we limit the thrust, how do we not nuke the area
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to create a feasible model of a Single-Stage To Orbit spacecraft that can provide the necessary environment for a compact fusion engine, developed by Lockheed Martin.
Procedure: Make the thing. Maybe 3-D print a model.
Results: Should be a plausible model. Don't have to build the actual thing, obviously