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FLASH BACK?

April 8, 2017

 

DO YOU MISS FLASH GORDON?  LET’S BRING BACK THE FLASH!   

Oh the adventures of space as we saw them in the days of our youth in the 1940s.  Well at least I was there in the 1940s…lol!  Still there were some real visionaries even back then.  Let’s look at my evolving vision and our stellar influences.  Buck Rogers launches our voyage into the space future.

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I haven’t invented rocket guns yet, but the Russians did try a gun in some of their designs.  Nasty recoil I expect!  I did a Google search to understand that “verticle fin”, but Google just asked me if I meant vertical.  I guess they didn’t have grammar cops back then.  Or did it actually tickle?  Well, I’m tickeled anyway!  America did have big rocket cruisers with steel glass though.  Hold that thought, I will come back to it later.  At least they did seem to make a few concessions to aerodynamics beck then, not just a cone on a can.

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Now Flash Gordon has a nice tail dragger design here, complete with blueprint views.  Something about that shape reminds me of…Blue Origin?  I guess the “whose is bigger” contest started way back then huh?  I went with Buck Rogers on the landing skids though,  Those wheel pants need more thermal protection.  (pants on fire!)  My own space experience didn’t start very far from this design though.

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CFFC KITTEN IMAGE FROM AEROSPACE GUIDE

Dr. James Victor Hugo Hill invited us to help design a space ship for kit builders.  Wouldn’t that look great sitting in your garage?  I was wary of bubble canopies and started asking questions though.  I contacted people involved with the space  shuttle glass.  Guess what?  It only comes in flat panes, not in compound curves.  So I suggested a fix, and less anhedral but the boss didn’t like it.

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As a self-unemployed space man I began to explore CAD, blended wing bodies, and FLAT glass.

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“El Tigre” was an X-Prize idea that couldn’t move as fast as Scaled Composites.  Money helps!  But if we can’t have Flash Gordon, perhaps we can have…

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STAR TREK!

WAIT A MINUTE…IS THAT CURVED GLASS I SEE?  Worse than that, it’s…

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COMPOUND CURVED GLASS???

Oh the sacrilege!  Or not?  Remember that steel glass idea on Buck Rogers battle cruiser?  Didn’t I warn you about the Star Trek transparent aluminum last week?  We propose to use a Surmet Alon brand Aluminum Oxynitride for this installation.  It has a “Star Trek” connection for being called “transparent aluminum”.  But it has a far more stellar performance than aluminum in optical, impact, and thermal durability.

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If we offer a manned version, it will need durable high temperature windows inside and out.  Our cargo area was cylindrical for typical payloads, and this fits a pressure vessel as well.

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Unfortunately the “Launcher Evolution Advanced Prototype” (LEAP) is just as tight as the old monoplanes of the 1930s.  Customer for a wide body out there?

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TIGHT SQUEEZE!

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Perhaps claustrophobia will not be a problem with a big “Vista Cruiser” view.  There should be plenty to see for passengers, whether touring or commuting to work on the moon mines.

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VIEW CRUISER

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I AM SO CONFUSED…WHICH WAY IS UP?

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OH…AWAY FROM THE BLUE!

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SWEET DREAMS

That concludes a lot of revisions and considerations for the orbiter.  Now we need to go back to finish updates on the booster stage.  We have some improvements to stage junction and separation to update.  The booster is actually the big key to the mission.  New propulsion and potential aerodynamic advantages give a lot to the concept.  And like Flash, Buck, and Kirk we need to get this off the ground before we can put the landing skids to work.

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