Comic 450 - Lift Off!
29th Aug 2019, 12:00 AM in Cryptids in Space!
Lift Off!
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
Contrary to what lirvilas wants you to believe, glove boxes are not just for storing hand grenades... ;-)
(And thus, it's ensured that Babette will have her Iconic Item even in space...)

The Buran was kinda the Soviet/Russian knock-off of the American Space Shuttle.
In real life, some of them are indeed still existing, and one is even in a museum here in Germany, though so far I didn't yet have the opportunity to visit it myself.

And yes I know, realistically they probably would have told Babette and Selene a little bit earlier than 5 minutes before launch what kind of spacecraft they will be using...
User comments:
Jay042 edit delete reply
Jay042
Ever see the pics of the abandoned shuttles in their hangars?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I did not know those pictures!
Forgotten Russian spaceshuttles - that's such a weird (and weirdly fascinating) concept...

For the purposes of this story, this also plays well into the hands of the willing suspension of disbelieve.
I mean, if I simply made up an American space shuttle, one could immediately tell that it's made up, because each is well accounted for and everybody knows their names.
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
There was an Air Force spaceplane up there for over a year... and nobody was talking about that. There's all kinds of hush-hush tech that you only get to hear about after the fact.

Speaking of glove boxes, maybe they were putting grenades into LEO?
Jay042 edit delete reply
Jay042
Yeah, the XB-37 is pretty hush hush. Hard to tell how much of what they are doing is top secret science, and what's survillence.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
@ lirvilas & Jay042:

Yeah OK, you make both good points.

Incidentally we will indeed see some sinister secret space tech later in this chapter...
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
@ lirvilas:

Kinda reminds me of the notion of nuke-based spacecraft propulsion!
Jay042 edit delete reply
Jay042
I have nothing against the concept of nuclear propulsion for spacecraft, though I would think a rule of "No atomic blasts within the orbital clearance of the Moon." would be a sensible precaution.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I just followed one of the links in the Wikipedia article. That's conceptually even closer to "grenades in orbit". Also, it's something that is not just hypothetical, but has actually been done!! 0.o
Taily edit delete reply
Taily
To quote astronaut John Glenn: "Oh my God, I'm sitting on a pile of low bids!"
But hey, it got off the ground, so that's a good start!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
When space travel goes wrong, it can go really wrong.... That's quite scary, actually. 0.o
eekee edit delete reply
eekee
I've been playing Kerbal Space Program a lot lately. I should probably post pictures of my ridiculous triple-wing nuclear spaceplane. XD I made it one day when I was tired and fed up and dropped my usual standards. It doesn't actually work - the NERV engines aren't powerful enough, but it looks freaky-awesome! XD
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I never played Kerbal Space Program myself, but judging from all the stuff I have heard about it, it seems this game can be massive fun...
eekee edit delete reply
eekee
It can be! It can also be massively frustrating when you try too hard. I did, but then I stopped and made the nuclear spaceplane instead.