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PREVIEW OF KICKSTARTER PRESENTATION

September 10, 2012

OrionCraft Aerospace

Are you ready to meet the new space age?

Horizontal In Line Staging (HILLS) offers staging in-line to reduce drag and mass for orbital operations.  Aerospace professors at the University of Colorado say the concept is a sensible solution.

WHY WING BODY SPACE PLANES?

Wing Bodies offer interior volume without the drag of a fuselage.  Thick bodies and wings offer a deep section that permits light strong vertical web or truss structures.  Current space planes and bodies feature soft rounded leading edges to dissipate heat.  Since we are subsonic at dense low altitudes, big fat wings are not a big disadvantage.  Using every advantage is critical to lower vehicle mass.

An orbital launch booster (first stage) it may need longer wings for climb to altitude.  For this the Boeing Blended Wing Body is a good role model.  For an orbital reentry vehicle (second stage) we need to compromise a lifting body with stub wings for cross range flight.

          

 If you merge these forms you may see something like this.

 

WHY IN-LINE STAGING?

THESE ARE ALTERNATIVE HORIZONTAL PROPOSALS:

 AMERICAN,

RUSSIAN,

AND GERMAN DESIGNS

THIS IS IN-LINE STAGING:

THIS DESIGN PROTECTED UNDER US PATENT 8,528,853 B2

WHAT SYSTEM OFFERS THE LEAST DRAG?  IN-LINE STAGING!

Our design targets a subsonic climb with conventional jet engines to 40-50 K feet.  At that point rockets complete the first stage mission.  By using in-line staging, our frontal area is partially masked for reduced drag.  The smaller vehicle breaks the airflow with its smaller frontal area, but the booster still sees lift from the flow over both aircraft.  It has the effect of making a blunt vehicle behave a bit like the sleeker ones.  It may be like NASCAR racers drafting to boost the efficiency of both vehicles.

FRONTAL AREA MASKED

 Small improvements to the airframe may position us to help new propulsion technologies as they mature.  It also offers some potential for improved safety in staging.  Vertical launch rockets have been staging in-line for decades.  Piggy back separation and drop systems are threatened with potential stage collisions in turbulent conditions.

 

Aircraft models are a valuable tool, but business models are more important.  We will not seek investment until we invest ourselves in the venture. A solid demonstration of design and project management on a small scale can return big value.  A record of commercial success and staging systems in reliable production service is a plus to future investors.

In-line staging is a new concept so we seek to make the idea an everyday event.  A small aircraft serving in civilian and military duties establishes the viability of new applications.  Cruise missiles, efficient airliners, small satellite launchers and manned spaceflight may be considered for a proven system.  We even intend to market R/C models to put the system on U-Tube and local flying fields.

We are launching a funding project on Kickstarter to build a viable prototype drone.  The aircraft will be a ten foot span flying wing to demonstrate robust long endurance flight.  We have professional help with the heavy design and fabrication now.

What do we become “GO FOR LAUNCH”?  Kickstarter is a fund raising site to fund new technologies.  We need a team capable of delivering the project.  We have talent now, but we need workers to build models and deliver rewards to donors. This is a two stage program; we will (1) fly a demonstration, and (2) complete the mission for profit.  We can do this.  http://www.kickstarter.com/

Our Facebook Group is called OrionCraft and was intended to incubate new space ventures.  We also have a WordPress Blog which has many viewers https://exospace.wordpress.com/

Call me at 815-505-4979 or e-maildiluther@starband.net

to be a crew member of the starship OrionCraft!  

David I. Luther

                                                               TEAM OrionCraft

NAME                                                SKILLS                                              COMPANY

David Luther                   Design, Management                     Exodus Aerospace

Roxanne Cottrell            Master model builder                     Advanced RC Aircraft

Scott Wertel                     Aero engineer, Alibre CAD          CEO Wertel Enterprises

Robert Talmage              Modular aircraft, staging              CEO TAAS Company

Lt Col Susan McDonald                                                            Civil Air Patrol Wheatland

 

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