Tu-211 - demand for a vehicle capable of carrying large numbers of passengers to Low Earth Orbit space stations, encouraged Tupolev Design Bureau to upgrade their tested supersonic jet design, Tu-144, and take it to the next level - single stage to orbit spaceplane. Tu-211 is larger than its older brother, to accommodate more fuel and passengers. The main new features is ceramic heatshielding and the advanced propulsion system, that allows the vehicle to reach Low Earth Orbit, or take a sub-orbital flight path, which can make a flight from Moscow to New York as short as 2 hours.


The X-33 Program was started by NASA in 1990’s to study next generation orbital space craft and SSTO (Single Stage to Orbit) capability. NASA eventually cancelled the program in 2001 but not before the three aerospace companies involved with the project (Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed Martin) developed designs.

so that whole purple team up thing seems to be quite popular so its a thing now

im inviting all u purple souled idiots to join me so we can be a hella damn cool gang. ill even design us a jacket n everythin

i know a lot of ur goin to camp undersoul too so we can start plannin our pranks on the cyan faction cause i cannot believe were supposed to be the most tame group like honestly what the shit

so first order of business whats the gangs name and whos gonna be in it?

What your Kerbin parking orbit says about you

71 km: You value efficiency more than anything. You have played KSP since the earliest versions (and were annoyed when the atmosphere limit was raised from 34.5 km to 69 km, and then again to 70 km) and have done really complex missions, and to do a Grand Tour of everything in the Kerbol system is your ultimate aspiration (or maybe you’ve already done it?). You also probably achieved the given orbit with an SSTO and MechJeb.

80 km: While you’re trying for efficiency, your reasons for picking this number are very similar to those of 100 km.

100 km: You like 100 km, as it is a nice round number. You also like that in KSP, all the planet radii are given in exact numbers in kilometers (such as Kerbin’s being 600 km). More likely than not, when you perform a gravity turn, you also turn exactly 45 degrees at 10 km, and were outraged when the atmospheric changes made this sort of gravity turn inefficient.

121 km: The 50x time warp limitation at 120 km annoys you.

601 km: Any sort of time warp limitation annoys you.

2,863 km (KEO): You’re playing KSP heavily modded, including but not limited to TAC Life Support, FAR, RemoteTech, Kerbal Construction Time and a couple of visual mods. God, can’t Squad just make these mods stock already?

Elliptical 71 km x 251 km: You’re playing science/career mode and are really just looking forward to mining all the science from Kerbin right now.

Any other elliptical orbit (including “orbits” with periapsis below 70 km): You’re still a beginner in KSP, still confused by the multitude of concepts you have to wrap your head around.

You haven’t reached Kerbin orbit yet: Either you’re completely new to KSP, or you gave up trying to reach orbit early on and are now focusing on projects that do not have to do anything with space (e.g. submarines, airplanes, ground-based vehicles). Eventually, KSP will stop meaning “Kerbal Space Program”, right?
Key tests for Skylon spaceplane project

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Here is a technology to watch, and a potential game-changer across several sectors of the economy. UK company Reaction Engines Limited (REL) has designed an engine, the Sabre, that can operate as a jet in the atmosphere and switch over to operate as a chemical rocket outside the atmosphere. This is exactly the kind of technology that needs to be developed in order to create single stage to orbit (SSTO) vehicles, which could then open low earth orbit to cheaper and routine commercial exploitation.

Like fusion power, routine and something-less-than-astronomically-expensive access to earth orbit has always been just out of reach of our technology. Of course, we can get into orbit, but my using chemical rockets. This will do in a pinch, but it is a long way from democratizing space travel. And, like fusion power, it is primarily an engineering problem. We know the physics, and we know the basic laws, as we know the basic parameters of an SSTO vehicle. But, so far, we haven’t been able to build one.

Maybe that will change in the next few decades. It is does change, competition will likely give rise to a number of different SSTO engine designs, which will then steadily improve in performance and efficiency. That could mean cost-effective access to earth orbit, routine hypersonic travel, lower costs, and a Space Age worthy of the name.

The world’s transportation industry will be watching, since this suggests the possibility to traveling anywhere in the world in a few hours, and the world’s militaries will be watching, as it suggesting the possibility of going to war anywhere in the world in a few hours.


Still Hood Remix with The Game the late VL Mike and myself @NatureboyRowe

had no idea this was online enjoy it

……….making of a superstar