In the near future, with Virgin Galactic leading the way, the aerospace industry will have new launch systems for the future spacecrafts as an alternative to rocket today’s launches. XGV-A Orbiter designed by Oscar Viñals, is a concept of future’s next generation of launch systems.
Facilitating and increasing the space launches, minimizing the risks as possible and being more respectful with the environment, with the capacity to be sustainable and reach a large sector of the Global Economy.
XGV-A (XLDron Global Versatile Advanced) with the Orbiter rocket, which together with NASA’s ORION Crew Module & Launch Abort System could launch into space astronauts to ISS (International Space Station) or other payloads at low orbit.
Capable of carrying up a large rocket to an altitude of 50,000 ft and a max. payload of 330,693 lb which could launch into space, NASA’s ORION capsule.
The ORION CM would be joined to service module “Orbiter” on the way to the ISS until his return from this, to earth.
The aircraft “launcher”, XGV-A could be a giant unmanned aircraft with two giant wings and rear extra-flaps, these will have a big wing area; equipped with 5 oversized Ultra-High Bypass turbofan engines, producing a big powerful thrust range. The central UHB turbofan only will work with maximum performance at the take-off stage and to reach the maximum height for the “drop rocket stage”. This
aircraft would have a rear landing gear with adjustable height, depending on, if goes loaded (rocket) or empty, and could be equipped with a Hyper Lift Mechanical System (HLMS) integrated with the wings to keep the aircraft with the best conditions of CL (Lift Coefficient) in all situations.
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