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Antares JS

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I have to question the 2-3 km/s on the Big Babylon at the bottom and the range of full earth orbit... 2-3 km/s is less than half the speed needed for that.
 

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I have to question the 2-3 km/s on the Big Babylon at the bottom and the range of full earth orbit... 2-3 km/s is less than half the speed needed for that.
The projectile, I believe would have acted like a second stage with its own propulsion system.
The blast would accelerate the round and clear most of the drag of the atmosphere.
This is where most of the fuel consumption (and weight) occurs in traditional rockets.
Would have loved to see this come to pass. But not by Saddam Hussein, of course.
The article says it would have registered as a seismic event.
If you think you've seen smoke and fire (and noise) at a HPR launch................
Heh.
 

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Who needs an airframe when you can use the casing as the airframe ;)
That's exactly what the space shot I'm aware is is doing. It's getting to be a pretty standard practice for high performance flights, especially with larger motors. I just didn't want to get too into the details with my first post.
 
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