I really should change my personal text
- Sep 24, 2011
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Wing-mass allows orbiter to be a more flat, stable platform than capsules. Wings are even better for fly-back boosters in that you only light the engines once-and the engines have a much more benign thermal environment upon return than VTOVL designs like Musk's first stages endure. The wing's inert mass is a feature-not a bug...especially if it pays for itself as a kerosene wet wIng. The engines will last longer...