7 thoughts on “Starship Troopers”

  1. Jerry Pournelle’s musings about applications for next-gen DC-X rocket-lifted surface to surface “intercontinental ballistic troop carriers” come to mind.

    1. Can’t wait until the Navy get’s some of these and we have a nuclear-powered aerospace supercarrier vessel named after “Of Course I Still Love You.”

  2. In an operationally useful system, the Starship never lands downrange. Instead, a Dragon-derived ~80 ton entry vehicle would be delivered to the right trajectory, the Starship could change course to avoid overflight of the landing zone if needed, then land back at the launch site. This keeps valuable assets out of harm’s way and allows repeated sorties. The tactical lander would not attempt to refly but might be recovered later via conventional aircraft for refurbishment. Landers could be provisioned and stored for use, just add crew, load on a Starship, and go.

    When/if the Starship launch system reaches its rapid turnaround goal, a single launch site could support ten sorties per day.

    1. Also, for a “hot” landing zone, a Superdraco-based landing system could do the ultimate HALO insertion, where using no parachutes the Big Dragon lander would freefall at around 0.6 mach all the way to a few hundred meters and do a high gee precision landing. Yee freaking hah.

      For extra style points, the propulsion module could do a Mars-style skycrane dropoff, then fly out toward the enemy and dive at them…

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