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I created this variant of the whiplash/nerv ssto on request, since there are folks who grab rocket techs first in career games and will have the nerv engine before unlocking the whiplash. On its maiden flight, we reached orbit with 2500dv with an empty cargo bay.
The wings are angled to make lift when SAS is set to Prograde - this gives the best possible lift drag ratio, but can lead to a zoom and dive tendency. It shot above 15km at 600+ m/s in a climb, then dove to 11km at 800 m/s and started pulling out with heavy Gs to a steep climb. At this point i staged to bring the nukes into the mix. It performed a couple more shallow climb and dive cycles at hypersonic speed, before heading upstairs for good. The last of those, we reached 75% of max temp on the nose cone as we reached the bottom of the dive.
- Type: SPH
- Class: spaceplane
- Part Count: 50
- Pure Stock
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