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That's why the prison cells are kept there instead of anything important.
Really should be the mermaid pool, though. The water would greatly moderate the sound and stress of launch so that the shuttle doesn't get destroyed. Really shouldn't be using a hydrolox vehicle as a getaway method anyway.
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willing to bet the rocket is a one time only thing
Willing to bet the rocket would rip itself apart at launch because of the sonic boom the thrusters create in that hole in the ground.
Silo-launched ICBMs would like to have a word with you.
they can have a word with me all they want but the nasa space shuttle design isnt meant to take that kind of stress
a fucking o-ring on one of the boosters caused the challenger to explode, do you really think it can take the full thrust of two SRBs and the main engines pounding against its sides?
that may be... and yet, we have thousands of ICBMs. Worldwide. Filled to the brim with highly volatile fuels and topped with warheads that make Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined pale in comparison. If one o-ring brought down the combined efforts of our nation's greatest scientists....
food for thought. Keep it easy, bro.
All of our in-service missiles are three stage solid rockets with a liquid fuelled MIRV bus. Not sure what the bus runs on, but I'd guess a monopropellant. Solid motors have no problem with launch stress because the entire 'tank' has to be built for combustion pressure and the fuel helps to reinforce the walls.
The shuttle is terrible for this sort of thing because it is a hydrolox machine. It can't be kept fueled for very long and the tankage walls are thin and delicate. Actually, the orbiter itself is pretty fragile. The sound of Columbia's first launch caused severe damage and resulted in the water system now on the pad.
Now, before you start, I know full well these missiles aren't in current Military use. But, they were, and they are liquid propellant. There is a damn good reason they aren't in use for ICBMs anymore.
Another fun one was its predecessor, the Atlas missiles. To quote Wikipedia for a moment
because I'm too lazy to find another source. Sorry.
"Atlas was unusual in its use of balloon tanks for fuel, made of very thin stainless steel with minimal or no rigid support structures. Pressure in the tanks provides the structural rigidity required for flight. An Atlas rocket would collapse under its own weight if not kept pressurized, and had to have 5 psi (34 kPa) nitrogen in the tank even when not fuelled."
These motherfuckers had to be kept pressurized at all times, otherwise they would collapse under their own weight. It's fucking insane.
I'm sure ICBMs don't need heat shielding in order to keep the 0 people, heavily not oxygenated environment within the nonexistent capsule alive.
What about the multiple nuclear warheads, each capable of vaporizing anywhere from large towns to small cities?
I mean, you don't want that shit going boom before it's supposed to.
Also, I just noticed your name.... sir.
The re-entry vehicles on nuclear warheads do have a heat shield.
But, it's not in order to protect the highly delicate environment to support a manned aircraft.
You seem to be underestimating how much raw power is generated by these thrusters.
Even with dampening systems to keep the boom from tearing the shuttle apart, you can FEEL the forces from 3 miles away, and not like a vibration you can feel on the skin, it's a roar you can feel in your chest. And you can feel it in your chest, because your lungs contain air, and the passage of air is bottlenecked at the esophagus. This principle is much the same as the vehicle, it's a bottle of air. The force of the air being crammed out of the way by the rockets is tremendous. The water soakers that NASA use to dampen the vibration is enough to keep the shockwaves from tearing the shuttle apart. Even when the shockwave has been diverted to open air, away from the shuttle.
If you've watched the Mythbusters episode, they show you how problematic shockwaves can be.
Just to make matters worse, the shuttle is in a tube, where all the energy gets redirected back at the shuttle. Yeah, that shuttle is going to implode on launch.
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