Thursday, July 26, 2007

View from a Space Shuttle SRB



Life is hard when you travel back and forth to space all the time, then crash land in the ocean. I bet you would have wanted to be born a monolithic motor : )

6 comments:

R2K said...

oops had to resize the video : )

thimscool said...

Pretty cool. Seems like a waste to spend all of that energy getting them (and the fuel tank) close to orbit...

A bit more energy, and those tons of steel could be in space to be used later. If nothing else, the fuel tanks would make a good place to store, say, fuel. Or oxygen.

Of course, I guess you'd then have to maintain the orbit... I'm just thinking that it costs so much to lift them there, and it's a shame to just dunk them in the drink.

R2K said...

VERY VERY true Thimscool. If they were to keep the fuel tank (the brown thing) and clean it in space, you could have HUGE space station containers. Combine 5 or 10 and you have something 10x the size of our current space station. And all within 2 years at low cost.

thimscool said...

I imagine that sunshine and out-gassing would clean it pretty fast.

It would take a little thought and engineering to make them usable for a space station. I guess it is important to remember that the extra effort would also cost a lot of gas. But it's not like ISS hasn't been expensive...

R2K said...

It is a great plan, it would work so well, so obviously they cant do it.

R2K said...

ARg yes working on the link updates... Sorry note I have to copy into template all of my links over again!