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 Post subject: Re: Hard Space Redux
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:58 am 
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One thing I'm looking for is a "universal lander" design - 10-ton and 30-ton variants of a small craft, probably with chemical engines (as "nuclear lightbulbs" are risky in an atmosphere) capable of landing on both atmospheric and vacuum worlds. This is for use as a general interface craft for the smaller starships (such as the Type-S) which are too small to carry both a spaceplane and a vacuum-world lander.

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 Post subject: Re: Hard Space Redux
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Since it is chemical, 10-tons may be too small to give you an effective cargo.

Basically 80% of the volume is going to be taken up by fuel/engines, so with a 10-ton lander, you only get about 2 tons for bridge/passengers/cargo... not much usable space.

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 Post subject: Re: Hard Space Redux
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:41 pm 
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Cyborg IM1 wrote:
Since it is chemical, 10-tons may be too small to give you an effective cargo.

Basically 80% of the volume is going to be taken up by fuel/engines, so with a 10-ton lander, you only get about 2 tons for bridge/passengers/cargo... not much usable space.

I'm looking for interface capabilities for smaller starships such as a 100-ton Prospector Or will interacting with worlds with breathable atmospheres require larger starships capable of carrying a larger lander?

And will 30 dtons be sufficient for a universal lander?

Still thinking of the nuclear option for interface crafts, as I see this option discussed quite often as a launch vehicle from Earth surface:

http://www.angelfire.com/space/nuclearm ... cript.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_core_reactor_rocket

http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/r ... cnrliberty

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2007/07/g ... berty.html

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 Post subject: Re: Hard Space Redux
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:23 pm 
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I have updated the Hard Space map. This reflects my rethinking of the Trading Blocs.

The two veteran players in interstellar colonization are the UN - led by Switzerland, Britain, Russia, and some Asian countries including parts of the devastated China; and the International Commonwealth, which is mostly African and Chinese. The American Federation - where Brazil, Argentina, and the former US hold sway - are latecomers to the interstellar scene. However, they are aggressively expanding into further stars using cutting-edge ships with long-range jump drives.

The default setting is the UN Arm, which is mainly British and Swiss in culture, with some strong elements of Southeast Asian culture as well. The biggest corporations around the UN Arm are the Royal British Interstellar Company (RBIC), the Russo-Chinese Zhang-Markov, and the Swiss biotech giant Sanapharm.

ImageHS WIP 21-11-18 by golan2072, on Flickr

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