John B. Carnett
A. Mother ship
A "Very Large Aircraft," either a 747 with extended landing gear or a custom vehicle, will carry t/Space´s rocket to a launch altitude above any bad weather.
The crew transfer vehicle (CXV) capsule accommodates three or four crew members and their supplies. Its design is based on the Corona reentry vehicle used to return film from spy satellites-its blunt shape dissipates heat well and automatically orients the craft for re-entry. During the CXV´s descent, two layers of inexpensive silicone and ceramic tiles protect it from thermal buildup, and the seats swivel to face the rear, easing G-force strain on the crew.
The two-stage QuickReach rocket will heft the capsule into orbit, fueled by propane and liquid oxygen. To avoid complex turbopump machinery, vapor pressure, created by heating the propane prior to fueling, forces the fuel into the engine.