Thursday, April 21, 2011

Does Falcon 9 Heavy have too many engines?

When people discuss the difficulties with the N-1 rocket they frequently cite its 30 engines. (This number was used to help keep the price of the N-1 down.)  Certainly no airplane would be fitted with 30 engines.  On the other hand the R-7 became a very reliable launcher with its 20 main engines. (After some number of failures during development.) Are 27 engines (Falcon 9 Heavy) just too many?  I guess time will tell.

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