Marcus Lindroos and Simon Rowland
The Shuttle-C is a proposed expendable heavy-lift variant of the Shuttle, replacing the orbiter with a cargo pod.
Private investors in California have tried to raise money for a Shuttle-C
facility at Vandenberg AFB. The payload to low Earth orbit (LEO) would
be 70-80t, or perhaps 15t to the lunar surface using two Centaur G
upper stages. As with Energia, high development costs and
little interest from private investors (neither rocket can launch
comsats and other commercial payloads) appears
to rule out the Shuttle-C.
Designing a new launcher, even from off-the-shelf
STS components, would be an
expensive task. By its very nature, it would only pay off if amortized
over a number of launches. However, after the first flight, putting
together a shuttle-derived HLV
will be well within the resources of the Artemis Project.
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