I see i need to expand more.
mind you, this is just fantasizing.
X-prize assumes 2 flights in a 2 week period. so *if*
I was to clone a full
scale merc redstone, I'd need to generate enought H2/LOX to sustain a burn
of 78000 pounds for 155 seconds.
in two weeks (ignore the fact that the redstone used kerosene)
ok, not if I wanted to do this the cheap way, I'd use solar panels to
electrolyze water into the stuff I need. sunlight averages about 1000 watts
per square meter. solar panels are about 10% efficient (so about 100 wats
lost yet? keep up, not an electrolyzer is about 5-10% efficient. down to
about 10 watts per meter squared.
i am factoring other losses as well, but I was looking for the equivalent
wattage of a redstone flight, so I could guestimate the ammount of acreage
of solar panels I'd need......
Note: this is just fantasizing, I'd hate to have to invest in that much
silicon. maybe a fresnel solar funace to genrate steam?
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