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michiel | 6 years ago | 5 comments | 7 likes | 1,921 views

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Here are the technical details of the spacecraft designed for BixPack 25.

The Ares V4 is a human-rated spacecraft that can carry 3 passengers in interplanetary transport, and up to 7 passengers from the planet to a space station in orbit.

It has a payload of 9100 Kg.

The vehicle launches and lands vertically but flies horizontally. For launch and flight it uses 3 Titan X rockets. For landings and atmospheric entry the Ares V4 uses 4 four side-mounted thruster pods developed by Lockheed Martin.

The landing-legs don't fold in during fight, but can adjust for a surface inclination of 7'.

At closest Earth-Mars distance it will take the Ares V4 six months to arrive at ISS-Mars.

Spacecraft type: Crewed capsule
Crew capacity: 7

Dry mass: 12,000 kg
Payload capacity: 9,100 kg
(normalized at 9,81 m/s2)

Height: 12.1 m (incl. legs)
Diameter: ~3.7 M

LM-Thruster pods:
Thrust (vacuum): 4x 72 kN
Chamber pressure: 7,200 Kp
Burn time: 43 s
Specific impulse Vacuum: 90 S
Fuel: LOX/RP-1

Titan X:
Thrust (vacuum): 3x 2360 kN
Burn time: 240 s
Specific impulse Vacuum: 311 S
Fuel: LOX/RP-1

Click on the screenshot to see the spacecraft in action!

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It's neat, but way too slow. Kind of like crossing the US a couple hundred years ago.
Took half a year of your life and could barely carry enough to sustain you the trip.

Same trip is now 3 hours and one terrible, plastic tasting meal.

We really have to work on Warp Speed and maybe a million Kg payload.

SMSgtRod, 6 years ago

Amazing pack 25...nice details..

Dani, 6 years ago

Great templates to entertain a bit of bixpack 25.

Jesus, 6 years ago

Thank you for these interesting details, Michiel!

Ulli, 6 years ago

Yes! Sir! ???

amigopegassero, 6 years ago

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