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Old February 12 2009, 07:19 PM   #12
Bill Morris
Re: Vessel dimensions & masses

The God Thing wrote: View Post
Nice, but I why would a fission-energized interplanetary transfer vehicle require solar photovoltaic arrays? Considering their extremely small surface area and placement near the engine pod I think it is somewhat more likely that Matt Jefferies intended those things to function as the radiator component of the DY-100's thermal control subsystem.

Maybe so. They are certainly small in relation to the power requirements. The Jackill blueprints label them as solar panels. So do the Gilso schematics, here:

This one calls them reactor cooling vents, though, but shows solar arrays on the midship winglike portions of the hull:

But your suggestion seems logical to me.
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