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SXT-428  in flight by TheXHS SXT-428  in flight by TheXHS
The SXT-428 is an Air Launch system for space transportation from Eath to Orbit. First stage - subsonic carrier aircraft, BWB design. Second stage - space shuttle with two rocket engine, classical bell nozzle.
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Danny420Dale Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
I see the airbrakes on the carrier; coming in for a landing after a ferry flight? Also, lovely technical and art design!
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Nice.
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Nosh0r Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Wow! ... can we get more SSTO's please?!
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TheXHS Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I'm interested in this way =)
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work. Love the background. :D
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the wing tips. Supposedly those are used to disperse vortexes that the wings create. I'm a little surprised by the flaps being used though. Normally, those would be used for breaking purposes, which is contrary to the concept of piggybacking the shuttle.

Love the surrealistic sky and the stylized border/signature box. Very cool concept overall. :nod:
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TheXHS Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
About flaps and spoilers - let imagine, that this one approaching to runway - descent on glidepath - sometimes spoilers for precise control in this stage of flight.
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmmmmmmmmmm... I don't know. But, as you say, "let's imagine" ;) :nod:

To explain: I agree flaps (and elevators, ailerons, and spoilers) would be used to control their decent on glidepath. I am just wondering why the shuttle is still piggybacked onboard. I would think the mother vessel would only be used for taking the shuttle up, but "for coming back down too"??? Scary!
However, I get too wrapped up in trying to make sense out of what is just a creative, spot of fun. It looks cool, interesting and creatively done, that should be enough.
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
How about it's doing an aerodynamics test flight/system check?
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
meh. It could be. :nod: I suppose it could have also had a malfunction during launch for it to return back to earth as it went up.
:shrug:
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