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Offline MartG

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1/144 DIRECT Jupiter-130
« on: February 14, 2011, 12:12:12 pm »
I think this just about qualifies as a whatif - as in what if NASA gets the funds to actually develop a shuttle derived heavy lift launcher.....

The DIRECT Jupiter family of launchers was proposed as a cheaper and quicker alternative to the now-cancelled Ares launchers. Based on the shuttle external tank and SRBs, it places the payload on the nose of the tank. The version below is the 130 - for 1 core stage with 3 engines, no upper stage. I'm also working on its bigger brother, the Jupiter 246 ( two core stages, 4 1st stage engines, 6 2nd stage engines ). Alernative versions using the 5 segment SRBs developed for Ares have also been proposed, and designated Jupiter 130 Heavy - details are at www.directlauncher.com

I've made two alternative payloads, the simple cargo fairing, and a manned version with the Orion CEV. The model is made in cast resin.

Cargo version


Manned version


Disassembled




Additional parts for the 'Heavy' version - extra segment for each SRB and a payload shroud extension


5 segment SRB v. standard 4 segment one


A few more photos are on my website  http://homepages.tesco.net/martin.goldsack/

Now to get on with the upper stage for the Jupiter-246 - I'm also planning on making a wider payload shroud ( scale 10m wide ) for it too
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Re: 1/144 DIRECT Jupiter-130
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 12:59:41 pm »
I like it!

How did you make the master? Did you copy the tank and SRBs of a Shuttle kit?

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Re: 1/144 DIRECT Jupiter-130
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2011, 03:30:05 pm »
Yes, I used parts of an Airfix shuttle as the basis of some of the masters. the rest I made from plasticard
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Re: 1/144 DIRECT Jupiter-130
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011, 05:42:09 pm »
Could you reconfigure the main engines into a triangular fromation?  Then you could strap on more solid fuel busters.
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Re: 1/144 DIRECT Jupiter-130
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011, 10:03:04 pm »
Impressive  :thumbsup:
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Re: 1/144 DIRECT Jupiter-130
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2011, 08:31:36 am »
TOOO COOOL :mellow:
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Re: 1/144 DIRECT Jupiter-130
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2011, 07:25:27 pm »
Most Excellent sir!

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Re: 1/144 DIRECT Jupiter-130
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2011, 12:50:56 pm »
I've now finished the Jupiter-246 two stage version



Next to an Airfix Saturn V to show the relative size


Disassembled

Murphy's 1st Law - An object at rest will be in the wrong place
Murphy's 2nd Law - An object in motion will be going in the wrong direction
Murphy's 3rd Law - For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction


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Re: 1/144 DIRECT Jupiter-130
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2011, 05:20:19 pm »
These are excellent Martin, you have been very busy with these. Are you still casting your own engine nozzles etc, as I wouldn't mind buying a few off you.
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