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The Magnum is a large heavy-lift rocket designed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center during the mid-1990s. The Magnum, which never made it past the preliminary design phase, would have been a booster some 96 meters (215 feet) tall, on the scale of the Saturn V and was originally designed to carry a human expedition to Mars. It was to have used two strap-on side boosters, similar to the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), but using liquid fuel instead. Some designs had the strap-on boosters using wings and jet engines, which would enable them to fly back to the launch area after they were jettisoned in flight. The Magnum was designed to carry around 80 tons of payload into low Earth orbit (LEO).

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Re: Magnum launch vehicle poster

... the hell???
1) Nothing about it is "flyback"
2) The RSRM's do not appear to actually be attached to the core
3) What the hell are those long, shiney engines on the core?
4) Feh.
5) ... ?
6) Profit!
 

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Re: Magnum launch vehicle poster

Are you saying that the artist's impression is not an accurate representation of the concept? That the poster is worthless?
 

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Re: Magnum launch vehicle poster

Triton said:
Are you saying that the artist's impression is not an accurate representation of the concept?

It's *vague* at best. Magnum boosters were to have specific engines on the core; this shows generic and quite wrong engines. Some Magnum booster concepts did in fact have flyback (liquid) boosters, some had standard Shuttle RSRMs. This shows RSRMS, not flyback boosters; and it shows the RSRMs wrong. I don't know who produced it, but whoever did it didn't lavish attention-to-detail on it.


That the poster is worthless?

Shrug. It's worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.
 

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