- May 26, 2006
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Michel Van said:the Idea is not bad
a rocket plane that use JP-5 and H2O2
after liftoff from Air base Refuel by KC-135
launch into low earth orbit
there allot dispute about the Black Horse study
have they build it and use it as top secret Reconnaissance ?
CFE said:The wings and cruise engines (or rockets) have to be sized for supporting the full mass of the spaceplane just after tanking. The only mass savings from airborne propellant transfer comes in the form of lighter landing gear, sized for supporting the craft without its load of oxidizer.
Archibald said:Don't think inflight refuelling will make SSTO viable.
FlyBack said:Does anyone know if the name "Black Horse" is copyrighted or a registered trademark.
martinbayer said:The same that has happened to all other RLV concepts to date - nothing...
blackstar said:I remain skeptical that SpaceX is going to make reusability work. Even if they can make it work technically, the economics may be marginal and it may not succeed.
sublight is back said:The reliability to weight ratio has always been so close that it seems near impossible that they could even find optimizations in re-usability. I would imagine there would be more room for cost savings improvement in mass production.
XP67_Moonbat said:I always wondered what happened to that concept.