The Messiah from Deep Impact is a pretty cool realistic spacecraft that seems to made out of real life components such as a space shuttle cockpit:
Initially named 'Ops', consort of Saturn and the Roman goddess of plenty, the designation of the KS-IVB Orbitanker imitated the tri-service designations used by the US Air Force and US Navy.
Inserted into orbit by a two stage Saturn VE, the tankers would use their J-2S engine for a total of 40 seconds to pursue the vehicle to be fuelled, closing with their quarry with a series of reaction control system (RCS) burns. The fuelling probe on their nose would then extend, before completing a ‘hard dock’ and transferring LOX and LH to the receiving vehicle via the probe.
Once fuelling was complete, each Orbitanker would separate before firing its RCS engines to depletion, targeting a destructive re-entry over the Pacific Ocean.
I always thought the Messiah was an awesome looking spacecraft, despite the fact that it looks way over engineered for a trip to a comet nearing the Earth. I read somewhere that it was powered by an Orion drive, and I always thought that it was too dangerous and not efficient enough to use an experimental, possible interstellar propulsion method just to get to a comet that's relatively close to Earth anyway.The Messiah from Deep Impact is a pretty cool realistic spacecraft that seems to made out of real life components such as a space shuttle cockpit:
hopefully ignited sequentially.
How much G-load would a pair of SRB's generate on a vehicle like that?