[ExI] musk's ride

Darin Sunley dsunley at gmail.com
Wed Jan 3 19:23:25 UTC 2018

The Soviet rocket had 24 engines on one hull, and tried to regulate
everything with extremely clever plumbing and fluid dynamics.

Three hulls with 9 engines per gives a lot more flexibility to dampen out
the vibrations that made the Soviet design unworkable, and the control
electronics on the SpaceX hulls are much more responsive and flexible than
anything you could build in the 60s. The precision on the mechanical
components is probably dramatically superior too.

On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 11:51 AM, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 1:35 PM, Dylan Distasio <interzone at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I'm curious, does anyone here know why they took the approach of many
>> smaller engines versus much fewer larger ones?
> Scalability?
> -Dave
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