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Questions tagged [multi-launch]

Questions about past and future space missions that either will or have required multiple launches for a single space exploration campaign, or questions about multiple launches on individual missions that are jointly managed.

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Are Armageddon's simultaneous shuttle launches feasible?

In Armageddon, two space shuttles launch from adjacent pads mere seconds after one another. This seems highly implausible for several reasons: Pressure, heat, vibration and debris from the first ...
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What factors hinder establishing a moon-base mission? Enterprise or scientific value? [closed]

Given recent advances in both engineering achievements - reusable rockets technology, launch frequency, fabrication/3D printing; and the growth in the general public awareness of space exploration due ...
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Couldn't precursor missions increase the risk of losing a crew?

Let's say that the big goal for HSF is decided to be to land humans on the surface of Mars. Is it certain that the total mission/campaign risk decreases if one does crewed precursor missions? For ...
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NASA Launch Control: was all of its capacity ever used?

The NASA Launch Control Center at Cape Canaveral has 4 Firing Rooms. Each can support the launch of a spacecraft. Similarly, the VAB was divided into four bays, each large enough to support assembly ...
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Why does NASA plan to put a meteoroid in Lunar orbit instead of Earth orbit?

NASA is working on an asteroid retrieval mission. A small asteroid will be moved into Lunar orbit where it will be visited by space walking astronauts. Since it will be only max seven meters in ...
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Does India have plans to explore Mars after Mangalyaan?

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is launching a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) this Tuesday (5 Nov 2013) from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India, flying on the PSLV-C25 ...
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How are multiple launches handled?

A spacecraft may launch with multiple payload, as is evidenced by How does a single rocket place multiple satellites into orbit? This question however is not about multiple payload carried in a ...