US/Soviet Rocket Evolution in Schemes

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US/Soviet Rocket Evolution in Schemes

Post by K. A. Pital » 2008-06-04 05:33am

Exploring the evolution of US rocketry, I stumbled on a good and beautiful scheme [I also upgraded it :) ]
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I decided to put together a similar, but probably a little more extensive scheme for the USSR.
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Legend:
- yellow, "V-2 design",
- orange "design and construction improvement",
- dark yellow "using constructive and technical solutions",
- light green "kinship by developing team (same people on the team or same chief engineer)",
- blue "common construction elements" (passing into multiple rockets),
- purple "similar technical requirements and predecessor/similar designs study" - technically the weakest type of kinship, usually mere similarity.

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Post by K. A. Pital » 2008-06-16 12:32am

More goodies - payload progress. Payloads on the Y axis, in kg. I plotted Soviet rockets on some US graphs to show more directly where the competitors stand or stood before.

USA

Delta
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Titan
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Atlas
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USSR

R-7. Red: LEO, orange: GTO or Molniya orbits
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UR-500 (Proton). Grey: LEO, red: GTO, orange: GSO.
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R-36 family. Top chart: LEO payloads in kg. Bottom chart: liftoff thrust, kN
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Kosmos carriers (R-12 and R-14 based). Orange: LEO, red: SSO.
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Re: US/Soviet Rocket Evolution in Schemes

Post by joe blifstik » 2009-06-22 08:56am

I am interested in rocket evolution. Can you send me a list of your references you used in putting the figures together? :D
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Post by K. A. Pital » 2009-06-22 11:03pm

joe blifstik wrote:Can you send me a list of your references you used in putting the figures together?
I used some key monographies (Gubanov's Energia chronicles and Chertok's monography "Rockets and People"), but other than that, I mostly used accessible data on rocket payload capabilities, either from the producer's booklet (if the rocket is new) or from a history book or internet page. This list may not be 100% accurate, but I did re-check the payloads against engine thrust to make sure the figures are consistent and real. Even if there are errors, they are minimal.
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Re: US/Soviet Rocket Evolution in Schemes

Post by joe blifstik » 2009-06-25 08:26pm

Thank you for the information. However I was interested in the references for the US/Soviet Rocket Evolution in Schemes. :)
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Re: US/Soviet Rocket Evolution in Schemes

Post by K. A. Pital » 2009-06-25 10:36pm

Oh. Well, that would be lots and lots of books. I probably wouldn't even be able to name them all properly.
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