The future ofLow-Earth Orbit travel.The Holy Grail of Aerospace.
TSI takes a different approach when it concerns long-term Earth-to-Orbit space travel: Spaceplanes
The first generation of the Titans Spaceplanes is planned for year-end 2025.
The $3 billion Single-Stage-to-Orbit Titans Spaceplanes will:
1. Launch satellites in Low-Earth Orbit2. Reach the Titans OrbitalPort at 400 km altitude3. Launch OrbitalLoop construction parts in Orbit4. Allow ultra-fast Earth Point-to-Point travel5. Function as in-orbit refueling tankers
The Most Efficient and Safest Space Vehicle Ever
In the 1970s, the US government and NASA had incredibly ambitious plans to build an equatorial network of 60 solar power systems in Low-Earth Orbit from where solar energy would be beamed back to Earth.
It would require around 30 years to complete the entire network, and the use of an efficient, reusable spaceplane.
Such a spaceplane would operate like an airplane, with the major difference that it would be able to reach space - Low-Earth Orbit in this case, something that airplanes cannot achieve.
Rockwell International came up with the Star-Raker, a huge wet-wing, horizontal take-off and landing spaceplane that would be able to carry large payloads to LEO, return safely to Earth - thanks to its 95-meters wide tri-delta wings.
The Star-Raker and its original purpose became the inspirsation for the planned first generation of the Titans Spaceplanes.
TSI's preliminary designs are a slightly modified version of the Star-Raker's as a sign of respect to this beautiful design and to give the public a comparable vehicle, but the eventual Titans SpacePlane Gen 1 (TSPG1) will have major modifications and modern improvements.
We are aware of the challenges for a huge machine like the TSPG1, but our advisers and the TSI team is convinced that a spaceplane like the Star-Raker is entirely possible. The development for the TSPG1 as planned by TSI (in terms of specs and number of vehicles) will cost $3 billion in total.
Over the course of the next eight years (2022-2030), TSI will develop two generations of reusable launch vehicles, the first one will be a single-stage-to-orbit horizontal take-off, horizontal landing spaceplane. This means that it will be going to space in one piece, and function more like an airplane rather than a rocket. The TSPG1 is planned for year-end 2025.
Titans Spaceplanes serve numerous unique purposes:
Launch satellites in Low-Earth Orbit
Reach the Titans OrbitalPort at 400 km altitude
Launch OrbitalLoop construction parts in Orbit
Allow ultra-fast Earth Point-to-Point travel
Function as in-orbit refueling tanker
Prelininary specs for the 1st generation Titans Spaceplanes:
Total Length: 105 meters
Wing Span: 100 meters
Operating Speed: Mach 7.2
No. of Engines: 13+2
Wing Configuration: Tri-Wing Delta
Winglet design: Movable Winglet (upward, flat, downward)
Control surfaces: Flaperons, Leading edge slats, rudder, elevator
Cargo bay capacity: 42*6*6 meters
Cargo loading & unloading: Through the hinged nose
Fuselage max. width: 13 meters
Fuselage Max. height: 10.3 meters
Cockpit type: Double Decker
Cockpit length: 21 meters
Landing gear type: Tri-cycle landing gear under the wings and retractable (partly detachable)
Total No. of tires: 36
Other Titans Space Vehicles (2025 onward)
Titans SpacePlane Generation 2
The TSPG2 will be developed between 2025 and 2030 and is supposed to be a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle (surface to surface), inspired by the Venture-Star. However, it may be combined with or completely replaced by the Titans SpaceShip Gen 2 (see below).
Titans SpaceShip Gen 1
Since the OrbitalLoop systems are in-orbit, there is no need to escape the atmosphere or surface with the brute force of a rocket. A more subtle and efficient spaceship can take off and dock at the OrbitalLoop without needing to land on any surface ever. Operations and maintenance of these spaceships will happen entirely in-orbit.
The Titans SpaceShip Gen 1 (TSSG1) will be a cigar-body type space vehicle that can take off from and dock at any of the OrbitalLoop systems (Earth, Moon, Mars) with six people and 10 metric ton of cargo.
Titans SpaceShip Gen 2
The TSSG2 will be developed between 2025 and 2030. It will be a larger version of the TSSG1 with capacity for 18-26 people and 50-100 metric ton of cargo. It is planned to have nuclear powered engines.
Titans Nuclear SpaceShip
The Titans Nuclear Spaceship will be developed between 2025 and 2030 and is supposed to take off and dock at the OrbitalLoop. However, it may be combined with -or completely replaced by- the Titans SpaceShip Gen 2 (see above).