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Old July 29 2014, 08:38 PM   #16
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Re: Concept: airplane that can split into 3!

Not a new concept. And it's never worked well enough to bother with....



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Old August 8 2014, 07:24 AM   #17
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Re: Concept: airplane that can split into 3!

Wikipedia has an article that refers to the Short Mayo Composite (see Tiberius' link)-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Mayo_Composite. This was a specific niche for which a piggyback arrangement actually worked.
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Old August 8 2014, 08:42 AM   #18
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Re: Concept: airplane that can split into 3!

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Yeah, I'm not sure what the advantages of such an aircraft would be, but it has a great "coolness factor." It reminds me of some of the stuff from Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds and U.F.O.
Indeed it does!

I've always been a fan of these kinds of fanciful ideas!

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Old August 8 2014, 10:03 AM   #19
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Re: Concept: airplane that can split into 3!

The nose cone-"Fireball Junior"-of the Fireball XL5 could detach and land on a planet. Compared to an Enterprise shuttle, Fireball Junior was rather large compared to its parent craft, almost like two-ships-in-one.
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Old August 8 2014, 06:15 PM   #20
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At a specific point of time-for the Mayo combo-a straight forward design was not quite up to the job. The limitations of the technology did allow a sort of circumvention, a doubling up of hardware in a system that created new functionality. Of course, technology was still developing, and the combo became obsolete very quickly. Another example is chemical rockets. By piling up the technology it became possible to reach orbit. Staging created a new functionality, a new possibility. However, as I understand it, chemical rockets are up against a hard limit, the limited energy content of chemical fuels. The rocket combo has therefore lingered.

In universe, engineers have had a long time (dating back to First Contact) to refine the basic technologies associated with the warp drive. I suspect that by TNG, engineers would have considered doubling up technology to circumvent-to some degree-hard limits. Hence, the Prometheus as test bed.
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Old August 11 2014, 03:49 PM   #21
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Re: Concept: airplane that can split into 3!

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At a specific point of time-for the Mayo combo-a straight forward design was not quite up to the job.
Maybe they should have undergone some instruction...

(puts on sunglasses)

...at the Mayo clinic.

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