View Full Version : New Rocket Could Launch Really Big Telescopes

2007-Jun-26, 04:41 PM
If you've got a really big rocket, what should you use it for? If you're an astronomer, you'll want it used to launch really big telescopes; observatories that would dwarf the Hubble Space Telescope. ...

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2007/06/26/new-rocket-could-launch-really-big-telescopes/)

2007-Jun-26, 08:13 PM
Where's publiusr to gloat about this? ;)

Window Washer
2007-Jun-26, 08:15 PM
How big a telescope is practical? I don't know how good manufacturing is these days.

Amber Robot
2007-Jun-26, 09:09 PM
The photo on that page seems to be a bit misleading. They show the whole Hubble satellite, but in the rocket shroud they seem to only show the telescope part of the larger one - where's the spacecraft?

2007-Jun-27, 06:12 PM
donate thousands of dollars to any project that launches an 8M Hubble into space. I'd say millions, but I don't have em.

Let's call Congress.

2007-Jun-28, 11:11 PM
Why not just build more Saturnus V ????

2007-Jun-29, 09:56 PM
Why not just build more Saturnus V ????

These are cheaper and easier to get ready for launch.

2007-Jul-01, 06:30 AM
Maybe we could also use the rocket for hauling up bigger pices of metterial for adding on to the space station or making a moon base.

2007-Jul-01, 05:01 PM
A Moon base would be cool, but the Space Station will be obsolete before complete.

2007-Jul-01, 06:29 PM
A Moon base would be cool, but the Space Station will be obsolete before complete.

How about ignoring the ISS and building a bigger, better space station? One that has enough escape modules to allow more than three people onboard at a time.

Amber Robot
2007-Jul-02, 02:11 PM
...but the Space Station will be obsolete before complete.

If it isn't already.

2007-Jul-21, 06:23 PM
To me this concept is far superior to Webb--too much like a Transformer.
Compare Webb with this: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/181645main_Ares_shroud_200.jpg
Simplicity itself.

You can't beat a big, rugged, simple payload. The 492 foot (150 meter) radio telescope dish is the capper.

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2007-Aug-10, 09:19 PM
Other Ares V missions