Ecorocket Heavy Is this the first seriously proposed/planned launch vehicle that is wider than it is tall? https://www.arcaspace.com/ecorocket

  • $\begingroup$ Obligatory XKCD. $\endgroup$
    – Mark
    Commented May 3, 2023 at 23:59
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    $\begingroup$ I strongly question your use of "other" in the title. $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2023 at 1:22
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    $\begingroup$ It does work in KSP though.. :D $\endgroup$
    – JFL
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 10:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Infinite_Maelstrom: I strongly question the use of "seriously" in the ultimate paragraph. To my knowledge, of all the "seriously proposed/planned launch vehicles" by ARCAspace, only one has ever launched … to an altitude of 1200m. Yes, that's meters, not miles. And ARCAspace has been around for longer than, say, SpaceX, Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, Astra, Firefly, Virgin Orbit, and Relativity, all of which have launched to space. $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2023 at 19:03

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The Chrysler Corporation's submission for the Shuttle program was pretty close (at least without the optional nose mounted payload).

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Source: Chrysler’s Radical Space Shuttle Design Was 50 Years Ahead of Its Time

  • $\begingroup$ As soon as I saw "Chrysler" I was hoping to see something like commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 22:55
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh the linked article includes that wonderful Chrysler ad with the Saturn 1B and all their automobiles as well. Back when NASA went to the auto industry for engineering expertise. $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2023 at 23:57

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