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Old October 7 2012, 02:14 AM   #11
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Re: Shuttlecraft - curved edges on top?

My Son the Vampire wrote: View Post
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Those shapes are there in the earliest concept drawings of the shuttle - that is, once TPTB realized they could not afford a shape other than simple shoebox. Probably a sort of "we can't do wings on this budget but these are their futuristic equivalent" thing.

That's probably the basic explanation. The curved extensions of the hull sides make a simple, boxy craft a little less boxy, and they look as if they could have some sort of aerodynamic function for atmospheric flight.
That sketch is much sexier than the craft we got. The proportions are much better.
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