Rockets 03

OPENING QUESTION: What are three substantial dangers in launching humans into space?

LEARNING GOAL FOR TODAY: I will be able to identify three launch vehicles for launching human beings into space during today's class.


  • Force ("A push or a pull")

    Newton's 1st Law: An object will continue doing whatever it is doing unless/until it is acted on by an unbalanced force.

    Newton's 2nd Law: Force = (mass) x (acceleration)

    Newton's 3rd Law: "For every force exerted by one object there is an equal and opposite force exerted by a second object." or more basically "forces always occur in pairs"



Let's take another (better) look at the Apollo 11 launch vehicle-- better known as the truly awesome Saturn V Rocket:



Let's take a few moments to review these fuel specs...


The cost for putting just 1 pound of material in orbit: ~ $25,000 per pound(apparently early estimates had projected costs as low as a few hundred dollars per pound


What problems were associated with the Saturn V?

What problems were associated with the Space Shuttle?

How are companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin working to avoid those?


What is a "heavy" or "Super Heavy" rocket? Why do we care?

Blue/Green dots: Research the "heavy" rocket being designed by Blue Origin?

Red/Orange dots: Research the "heavy" rocket(s) being dsigned by SpaceX?