View Full Version : Here’s a Better Use for Fighter Jets: Launching Satellites

2015-Feb-13, 10:10 PM
For decades, the human race has been deploying satellites into orbit. And in all that time, the method has remained the same – a satellite is placed aboard a booster rocket which is then launched from a limited number of fixed ground facilities with limited slots available. This process not only requires a month or […]

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2015-Feb-14, 01:05 AM
The title is a rather subjective statement.

A better use for a fighter plane is to huck crap into orbit?

Then the author has no clue as to the purpose of fighter planes.

2015-Feb-14, 01:38 AM
B-52's and L-1011 can launch satellites. It isn't exactly a new concept. Neat perhaps, but not new or necessarily better.

2015-Feb-14, 02:05 AM
wouldn't a purpose built crap-hucker aircraft without armour, firecontrol, ecm and ecccm equipment be a MUCH better choice?

Just saying.

2015-Feb-14, 02:08 AM
Oh, I worked on avionics and fire control systems on F-14 Tomcats. :)

2015-Feb-14, 02:27 AM
The artist's impression in the article showed an F-15E (-ish) which wouldn't be ideal, either IME. Now, a repurposed F-15 might do the trick. Proven airframe, lower production cost, spares in the system...

Edit: Oh...and USAF avionic sensors here...A-7D, F-4D/E.

2015-Feb-14, 10:15 AM
wouldn't a purpose built crap-hucker aircraft

I see you've even got the project code name worked out :)

2015-Feb-22, 08:54 PM
Yeah--it's called Statolaunch

It should put the fighters the shame