xkcd: Spacecraft and launch vehicle payloads, in horses

 

Similar to the relative spacecraft and rocket sizes I linked to the other day, here’s xkcd’s version, in horse units.  At first I thought he was referring to horsepower, but then I realized it was horse mass.  (Click through for full sized version.)

via xkcd: Payloads.

It’s worth noting how large the Saturn V and planned SLS Block 2 rockets loom in their payload capacities.  And how much heavy lift capability we gave up when we discontinued the Saturn V in the 70s.

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8 Responses to xkcd: Spacecraft and launch vehicle payloads, in horses

  1. James Pailly says:

    I particularly enjoyed the note about space elevators. They’d make things a lot easier, if only would could figure out how to build one.

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  2. Wyrd Smythe says:

    Horses, ha! Just what you’d expect from a guy who uses giraffes as a standard unit of height! 😀

    I love his charts and graphs! Some of my favorites:
    Radiation
    Gravity Wells
    Lakes and Oceans
    Money

    And how great was his Up Goer Five!

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