Monday, 17 December 2012

Myasishchev M-85 transport part I

Below is a non-textured model of the Myasishchev M-85 trans-orbital VTOL transport.

Its main features are two tilt engines (multi-cycle, to be described in a later post) and two loading doors -one forward and one aft. These, associated with large flaps and a smart-material variable profile wing, make the Myasishchev a very flexible aircraft.

 In cases when the transport needs to exit the atmosphere, a large propellant tank is attached on its back, as shown above. The same tank is sometimes used for planet-moon conveying. Note that the aircraft cannot perform VTOL landing while the tank is attached.

The Myasishchev M-85 is supposed to lay a suppressing fire over the landing area itself if necessary. It is thus armed with a chin-mounted retractable IR laser and a small tail-mounted self defense laser. Small pods mounted on each side of the nose may contain small ordnance.

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