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  • Joe2

    Hate to always be bringing up details, but they would need to place some kind of payload fairing around the vehicle to launch it on the Atlas 5 (or any other conventional booster). Otherwise the same lift characteristics that would allow a runway landing would make the stack fly off course.

    This is exactly the problem that doomed the old Dynasoar Program in the 1960’s. When they tried to compensate for this effect by putting fins on the first stage of the booster and strengthening the stack it made the whole thing too heavy to reach orbit.

    The payload faring may work, but the art work is at best misleading.

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