Originally Posted by Digikid
Forget it. talking to you guys is like talking to a brick wall although the brickwall might be more intelligent and understand what I'm trying to point out.
One word. REUSABILITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is that clear enough for you?
Why would you need reuseability for exo solar exploration?
A. Consider other atmospheres and different pressures will require different wing designs,something that can't be altered post production.
B. Wings add mass,mass is your enermy in every form of space travel,mass better spent on radiation shielding pretty much vital beyond Earths magnetic belt.
C. Spaceplanes are an outdated design,maintainance is not cost effective,the drop pod style re entry favoured by the Russians doesn't have the cost nor the complications that accompany resusability......nor the death toll.
D. X wings are not real and you will never see a real Deathstar,forget all that romantic view of space travel. Space ships with this tech will look like scaffolding crashed into the canned food aisle of wal mart. They will never feel air on their hulls so they don't need the control surfaces.
Space is about delta-v,nothing else.