Questions tagged [nosecone]

questions about the top-most part of a rocket and design choices related to its shape and structure which would not otherwise be covered by the fairing tag.

3 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
6 votes
0 answers
100 views

SpaceX Dragon Shape: Power Series, Ellipsoid, or Haack/Von Karman?

The SpaceX Dragon module has a round apex typical of power series, ellipsoid, and Haack/Von Karman shapes. I'm wondering which of these SpaceX actually used. References would be appreciated. My guess ...
user avatar
5 votes
0 answers
178 views

How does the SpaceX Dragon nosecone separate?

SpaceX's Dragon uses a nosecone to protect the docking port during ascent. The nosecone seems very large. 1/3 of the capsule's height large. And yet, it separates while the second stage engine is ...
quinnkenri's user avatar
  • 1,130
2 votes
0 answers
165 views

Is the nosecone of the CST-100 Starliner more than structural?

The CST-100 Starliner is Boeing's new crew capsule. It has a detachable nosecone which serves several structural purposes. Because the capsule uses a pusher-style launch escape system, there is no ...
DrSheldon's user avatar
  • 48k