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9th Oct '17 12:33:44 PM Materioptikon
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* In a crossover between the ComicBook/JusticeLeague and ComicBook/TheAuthority, a rocket of this kind, used by the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes, was mocked as a five-year-old's idea of a rocket.
1st Oct '17 8:50:00 AM MaxNighs
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While once the definitive spaceship image, nowadays you generally only see these as parody or homage. Their typically phallic shape is a common target for mockery. However, with the advent of vertically landing reusable rockets, this design is now starting to become [[Vindicated by History.]]

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While once the definitive spaceship image, nowadays you generally only see these as parody or homage. Their typically phallic shape is a common target for mockery. However, with the advent of vertically landing reusable rockets, this design is now starting to become [[Vindicated [[VindicatedByHistory Vindicated by History.]]
1st Oct '17 8:49:22 AM MaxNighs
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While once the definitive spaceship image, nowadays you generally only see these as parody or homage. Their typically phallic shape is a common target for mockery. However, with the advent of vertically landing reusable rockets, this design is now starting to become [[Vindicated By History.]]

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While once the definitive spaceship image, nowadays you generally only see these as parody or homage. Their typically phallic shape is a common target for mockery. However, with the advent of vertically landing reusable rockets, this design is now starting to become [[Vindicated By by History.]]
1st Oct '17 8:48:56 AM MaxNighs
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While once the definitive spaceship image, nowadays you generally only see these as parody or homage. Their typically phallic shape is a common target for mockery.

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While once the definitive spaceship image, nowadays you generally only see these as parody or homage. Their typically phallic shape is a common target for mockery.
mockery. However, with the advent of vertically landing reusable rockets, this design is now starting to become [[Vindicated By History.]]
24th Aug '17 10:21:26 AM ZombieAladdin
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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'': Among the debris in the Space Junk Galaxy is an abandoned rocketship in this style. Mario cannot get inside of it and it has its own gravitational field (except for its fins), so gameplay-wise, it's simply an oddly-shaped planetoid.
18th Jul '17 6:01:52 AM Gerusz
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* It is perfectly possible to build a ship like this in [[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram]] and send it to orbit, thanks to the significantly smaller Δv-budget required to reach Kerbin orbit, compared to Earth. Not particularly efficient, but possible.

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* It is perfectly possible to build a ship like this in [[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram]] ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' and send it to orbit, thanks to the significantly smaller Δv-budget required to reach Kerbin orbit, compared to Earth. Not particularly efficient, but possible.
18th Jul '17 6:01:26 AM Gerusz
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* It is perfectly possible to build a ship like this in [[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram]] and send it to orbit, thanks to the significantly smaller Δv-budget required to reach Kerbin orbit, compared to Earth. Not particularly efficient, but possible.
2nd Jun '17 5:30:01 PM StClair
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** One quote often used to describe such rockets, usually attributed to Jerry Pournelle, is "just as God and Robert Heinlein intended."
2nd Jun '17 5:25:50 PM StClair
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A few features are particularly common. The design will often necessitate a vertical take off and the fins often are used for the rocket to stand on, leading to one of the style's alternate names: “tailsitters.” Thus many will have a tripod base for its fins. Also, unlike modern rockets, these typically don't discard stages to lighten their load for the trip, so the entire rocket goes into space and back. Note that in a setting with both in space, aliens generally got its nemesis—the FlyingSaucer—while this design was predominantly reserved for human characters, modern times have given us the ISOStandardHumanSpaceship in its stead.

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A few features are particularly common. The design will often necessitate a vertical take off and the fins often are used for the rocket to stand on, leading to one of the style's alternate names: “tailsitters.” Thus many will have a tripod base for its three or four fins. Also, unlike modern rockets, these typically don't discard stages to lighten their load for the trip, so the entire rocket goes into space and back. Note that in a setting with both in space, aliens generally got its nemesis—the FlyingSaucer—while this design was predominantly reserved for human characters, modern times have given us the ISOStandardHumanSpaceship in its stead.
7th May '17 5:25:53 PM darkemyst
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* The homemade space cruiser in ''WesternAnimation/WinstonSteinburgerAndSirDudleyDingDong''.
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