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Falcon Heavy Lifter (300dt)

The Falcon Heavy Lifter is designed as a surface to orbit transport, capable of carrying heavy loads into space from an Earth-like planet. Unlike the Condor Lifter (50dt) which is an SSTO glider, the Falcon relies on brute rocket power to get into orbit and return using a two stage design.


Falcon Boost

This is a 32m tall, 18m diameter 250dT rocket powered with 19 RD-2/a engines, providing a total Delta-V off about 13km/s - more than capable of getting to LEO by itself. However, it is designed to lift the Falcon Orbit stage, which is around 65dT, which cuts its delta-v to 7.8km/s. It has a fully-loaded take-off acceleration of 2.2g.

The Boost stage is designed to lift the second stage to space, then return to ground for landing and re-use.

Falcon Orbit

The Orbit stage is designed to complete the transfer to orbit, and then with delta-v to spare to reach other nearby destinations. It makes use of a single aerospike engine for thrust both in atmosphere and vacuum, and is designed to be able to land on an Earth-like world. However, fully fuelled it doesn't have enough thrust to take-off, and can only safely land under 1g when almost empty.

traveller/spacecraft/tl9/falcon.txt · Last modified: 2020/03/26 22:15 by sam