No to the second at least. Real life intruded and I haven't had time to devote to this thread (or any Space.com thread for that matter). In any event -- the question I had when I started this has pretty well been answered -- to my satisfaction at least. Namely, I'm convinced that a capsule could be designed for the original spec Falcon V booster that would be capable of getting five people to orbit and back. With the V now being essentially a half-fueled IX, that question is pretty much moot. I can't see there being many reasons for using the V rather than upsizing the mission to a IX-class booster. A capsule designed for the IX would be a considerably different animal than what I worked on.<br /><br />Beyond that -- I specced out the design to the limits of the information available to me. I can't get the data on performance and cost of the various aspects of a potential craft to tighten up the design further. There are a few design elements that I 'know' would be incorporated into an modern capsule design, a number that I'm 'confident' would be, a great deal I 'believe' would be, and a host that I 'think might possibly' be. Then there were a few like the reaction-wheel system that I just thought were fun to discuss as a concept.<br /><br />As the thread progressed, more and more of the discussion was migrating to the aspects of the design that had the least certainty. The part I like best is working with real data -- especially the design studies from NASA -- so the trend towards increased speculation made the thread less fun.<br /><br />I do read the updates occasionally -- this is the first one I felt I ought to respond to.