Thank you, I would be interested in seeing it as I've seen something similar decades ago in a 'classified' technical manual or guide or proposition that a former NASA employee let me to look at and then put it back on a shelf. He passed away, his collection was dumped yet that image remained in my mind.
Well the gentleman who I knew in the nineties was living in New Orleans and his house was flooded out, and sadly he lost much of his book collection to say nothing of his other possessions when the waters rose. He passed away in March 2000 and as such I have no access to the volume I saw, which is why I was asking you if you knew more about it, General Tate.
Challenger could have been prevented. They knew about the o-rings performance below 32 F on the SRBs but the NASA board of directors decided to ahead with it anyway regardless of what the ground crews and engineers said. As with Columbia I do agree that an escape system could have been in place but even still if they had reinforced the wings with tougher heat resistant materials.
The unfortunate fact of the matter is that we need something that can be used that's more akin to the SSTO launch plantform seen in Ace Combat 5. That, along with a broader launch vehicle system, would be the way to go.
AMAZING! Well thought out design! I especially like how you replaced the solid rocket boosters with liquid fuel versions and the the cockpit escape pod that converts into a mini shuttle! Great safety features to overcome the original shuttle's fatal design flaws.