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Old 08-17-2011, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Futureguy View Post
I see the length of the BB at slightly smaller than 325'. Still a pretty good size for then perceived 20th century technology. A vehicle that final size being launched into space should have taken quite an impressive launch system to match. Also a lot of dead tonnage for the Enterprise to tractor about.
Boosters fall away, external fuel tanks are jettisoned. Tonnage problem solved. I've never heard of a spaceship that needed it's launch system to stay with it in space, just to get it into space where onboard engines and thrusters take over the workload.
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