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Kaybor-Kendi 'Tallantelli' Launch Vehicle by Abiogenisis Kaybor-Kendi 'Tallantelli' Launch Vehicle by Abiogenisis
Access to space has been achieved twice in Birrin history.

In the first age rocket technology advanced so far as to allow several moon landings and the construction of space stations, the remains of many still orbiting Chriirah in the modern era several thousand years later.

The second, post war age eventually saw a return of birrin rocketry, mostly reverse engineered from rediscovered ancient designs. With the expanding need for communication, navigational and military satellites many launch systems were developed, though few approached the versatility of the Tallantelli.

A mishmash of technologies, the Kaybor-Kendi Tallantelli launch vehicle was designed for versatility rather than specific requirements, allowing a Kaybor-led business consortium to service clients from around the globe. Taking off from large specialised runways, the Tallantelli carries its cargo piggyback propelled by 6 powerful turbojets and two huge linear aerospike engines. As the thinner upper atmosphere is reached the turbojets are shut down and their exhaust slot closed to improve aerodynamics, while the aerospikes automatically adjust their efficiency as the vehicle climbs towards space.

For many rockets the altitudes reached by these systems is sufficient and they are launched under their own power to achieve orbit. Heavy loads, or those with smaller propulsion systems may need and extra boost. Four conventional liquid rocket engines mounted in pairs beneath the aerospikes are ignited, pushing the vehicle ever higher and helping to maintain a nose-up attitude in the thinning atmosphere until launch altitude is reached.

With launch complete, the vehicle can then return to any number of specialised spaceports servicing the industry and land as a conventional aircraft, ready for another flight in only a few days.

Depicted is one of the most versatile configurations of the Tallantelli: The re-usable manned vehicle Tuum, launched from the Tallantelli with the help of a solid rocket booster, can carry relatively large payloads and more importantly complex construction and maintenance machinery into orbit, where it deploys them to build and repair space stations, satellites, and interplanetary spacecraft.
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Michel-Lamontagne Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great design.  Perhaps a bit short on fuel tanks, but i could have a oxygen recovery system like Skylon, for the aerospikes. Great balance in the composition. Inspiring again!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Yeah actually the shutters are closed here, but that big elevator at the rear of the launcher splits to reveal air breathing engines for the climb out.
burandotorg Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
I'd love to see a sketch of the orbiter mounted to its launch vehicle. Are the mounting brackets enclosed behind doors similar to the way the External Tank mount points were on the Space Shuttle Orbiter?
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Yeah, the mounting systems on the orbiter close flush to provide a single re-entry surface.
Altair75 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
I've been imagining that in orbit many of the Birrin might experience S.A.S.
This means that it wouldn't always be enjoyable for them to be in a zero-g environment.

The technology of Birrin is so fascinating; alien, but not so different from ours!

And as always, great work Alex! :D (Big Grin) 
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Actually most birrin dont like it at all, since they didnt evolve from primates they are poor climbers, so heights are dangerous to them. Most astronauts use drugs to reduce their anxiety on EVAs.
Altair75 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're right.
That's very necessary.
Darwin-King Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Good lord, imagine being high in space...
Altair75 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
I beg your pardon?  :-? (Confused) 
Darwin-King Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Astronauts using drugs in space to stay calm. Just made me connect highness and space, which I'd imagine would be pretty crazy.
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