would this be possible

if you have seen superman returns you will know what i mean

would it be possible to piggyback some sort of shuttle on aircraft such as a modified  boeing 777 with a  twin tail config to a sutable launch possation so that the shuttle could ignite its engines and climb into orbit under its own thrust

just a thought

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pharseid5 years ago
I think there is (or was) a commercial launch vehicle that was launched from a B52. Not big enough to carry anyone (or, more correctly, anyone who wanted to live once they got into orbit). I think more interesting is a supersonic (like the Valkyrie bomber that never went into production) or hypersonic aircraft to launch from.
Kiteman5 years ago
If you're wanting a system that can be turned around quickly for rescues, you need to dig up the old McDonald Douglas Delta Clipper (DC-X) scheme, a single-stage-to-orbit vessel that could be controlled by three men in a truck with PCs (vs NASA/Shuttle's 20,000 staff at an entire town-sized base), and could be turned around between flights in 24 hours (vs six months for the Shuttle).

DC-X could even hover on its thrusters, and even landed safely on autopilot after human error blew out the side of the ship.

Oh, that is interesting!

And they appear to be hiring, interns as well as "proper" jobs.
I have a nasty feeling though that SSTO might not be possible with current materials technology :-(

McD reckoned they could do it with some really light materials they were sourcing from Russia.
Kiteman Kiteman5 years ago
(Oh, and an entire DC-X ship cost less than a Shuttle toilet.)
The ironman (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
i like the idea of it but i would personly like some sort of shuttle craft that can be launch at a seconds notice from a specialized airport sort of like space lifeguard
DC-X can be launched at a moment's notice. "Turn around" is the time it takes to get it ready between flights. As for a "specialised airport", all DC-X needs is a patch of concrete the size of a basketball court...

The ironman (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
i like it but it just not what im looking for im thinging of something that can hold 10 or 11 people not 2 or 3 and have the ability to have diferent cargos for difderent perposes
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