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Old July 3rd, 2019, 10:17 AM
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Default How big would a Lander be?

I have never designed a ship yet and looking over High Guard I am left with some uncertainties. I want to design a lander that that is a small craft. But I want to be able to unclamp from the mainship hull from orbit about 250 miles up, make a safe descent to the planet surface, do some exploratory flying, and then ascend back up to the mainship 250 miles up in orbit.

How big would such a ship need to be? What would it's power requirements be?

And since it is not jump capable, how much larger percentage wise would the mainship need to be for it to catch a ride?

Just for comparison an F-22 Raptor (although not an orbiter) loaded weighs between 32 and 41 tons. SpaceshipTwo is about 10 tons not counting the launch aircraft. And the X-15 was about 17 tons but also launched from an aircraft. I am guessing that for a lander I would need something in the vicinity of 35 to 40 tons (with about half of that being reaction mass). But I have no intuitive feel for the efficiency of Traveller ship technology.
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