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|November 16 2013, 10:08 PM||#16|
Re: How to pilot a Soyuz spess wessel
proton isn't enough for anything but a circumlunar mission:
Now I might suggest a different take. Right now, Russia is having to pay Kazakhs to use Baikonur. That is quite a drain, and Russia wants to relocate its launch facilities to Russia proper.
There was a concept called Sea Dragon--a monster rocket that was to use very simple shipyard construction so as to keep costs down, as compared to the aviation model:
This is perfect for Russia in that every Ruble spent on space also helps shipyard workers, lowers costs, and increases throw-weight to orbit.
The initial scheme involved using an aircraft carriers nuclear power plant to split sea water into hydrogen and oxygen--but in Russia, the might dual reactor icebreakers like Arktika would serve nicely, and the command and control ship for Sea Launch would be used here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Launch
I can see Putin supporting this venture in that it would help sailors and cosmonauts--and Sea Dragon's 550 tons to LEO would put N-1 and Saturn V to shame.
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