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  1. I would assume your guesses are correct, but I would also add to that the larger surface area also creates more induced drag because of the extra lift provided, as well as some frictional drag from the increased surface area.
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    NASA SLS/Orion/Payloads

    @sevenperforce... You are smarter than me.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Can't wait to see if they give us a reentry video like eft-1 had.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Just a guess, but they might have a quick release lock or something set up in case an emergency does happen, so that the dragon is more or less the same every time it has an abort scenario.
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    Arianespace launch thread

    You do realize starship v3 is larger than v2, right? One thing I haven't been able to figure out is whether the fins on Themis are retractable or not. The video shows long, high aspect ratio fins, but it seems like that would be the worst setup based on my knowledge of supersonic aerodynamics.
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    Russian Launch and Mission Thread

    "We are better!" "Why?" "Because we are!"
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    ULA launch and discussion thread

    But what I'm saying is that those problems were solved well before the DCSS was ever created. Not trying to say that common bulkheads are easy, but it seems that the extra space wasted by separating the tanks, which cuts fuel fraction due to more structural mass per unit of tank volume is just a bad idea in the first place, because (almost) everything in rocketry is about reducing excess mass.
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    ULA launch and discussion thread

    Centaur G still had a common bulkhead though. Makes me wonder what the thought process was for the separate tanks on the DCSS.
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    ULA launch and discussion thread

    Yeah, but where's the fun in instant gratification? Back to ULA, have we heard anything recently about ACES? Seems like its been a while since we had an update on it.
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    ULA launch and discussion thread

    There ya go And I would agree with that, more usable volume vs stage size. looks like they learned their lesson on that too, ACES has the common bulkhead and same diameter tanks like Centaur does.
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    ULA launch and discussion thread

    ... wanna think about that for a sec?
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    ULA launch and discussion thread

    I guess 9/10 is a fraction, or are they actually going to get the prices down to a comparable level with China and SpaceX? If memory serves, even the Atlas V 401 is a few times more expensive than the F9, even though it's less capable.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    IAC is only a few weeks out, did they ever confirm that Elon or Gwynne would have a presentation?
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Wings that large would make atmospheric flips sorta difficult, even with the thrusters and gimballing
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Hope thats just an artist rendering for the BFS, not another redesign