Rockets of the Space Race: deciding what to include
Well, that was exhausting!
Over the last week I’ve been doing a lot of reading and I’ve created a preliminary list of rockets to include in the app, including taking an initial stab at creating a family tree which really shows how the V-2′s that were captured after the war by both the US and USSR started the ball rolling.
Remember, the family tree was created manually in Inkscape, and is not what it will look like in the final app!
I’ve also started work on a spreadsheet to summarise the interesting information and stats about one example of each of the launchers, identifying specifically what makes them special. Each of the detailed launchers will have a corresponding detailed 3D model for you to play with in the final app, and the stats and history will also be presented.
It’s actually proving quite difficult get the specs on some of the launchers, specifically the individual stages. I also haven’t had a lot of trouble getting some pretty good images to create the models from, apart from what’s visible inside the stage when it separates. It’s not too bad though, because in most cases you’d likely see the top of fuel tank that the stage contains, and possibly some internal structure used to support the rocket.
This list of rockets is preliminary so it may change with some added or removed. Right now, it’s looking like there’s going to be one German rocket (V-2), about 19 US rockets and 11 Soviet rockets all of which will have been important in some key way during the space race. There’s more US rockets because the Russians pretty much settled on the R-7 family early on as their workhorse during the space race, while the US kept on experimenting. I’m expecting to add a few more to the USSR side, including Proton, but haven’t had time yet to figure out where it goes.