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<p><strong>With the problem of base heating of the engines in the core( by the SRB's) why not just widen the base, to allow more space for the engines? I'm thinking of an inverted cone geometry, for the Ares V 1st stage. There is no law that says stages have to be symetrical cylinders, is there? The 1st stage would be roughly 8.4-10m in diameter at the top, and I'm GUESSING around 12m at the bottom.</strong></p><p><strong>Now, this is where the trig problem occurs. I would like a mathematical solution for the maximum size base possible, given the parameters of the SRB's. The SRB thrust vector system can pivot the nozzle 6 Deg. from vertical. That means, with a conical core, the SRB's will be + or - 6 Deg. from vertical, with the thrust still pointing straight down. The length of the 1st stage is 64m. Is this enough information to calculate the maximum diameter of the base, with the SRB's parallel to the conical core? </strong></p><p><strong>Thanks, </strong></p><p><strong>Kyle </strong> </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="4"><strong></strong></font></p> </div>