The N1 failure was not caused by the number of engines but rather the lack of quality control in design and at the factory. If you drop a bolt into a Falcon X turbo pump as they did on the N1 you will have the same result. If you drop a bolt into the current Falcon 9 turbo pump you loose one engine but you still get to orbit. The Soyus rocket has flown over 800 time with a excellent reliability and it has a total of 30 engines running at lift off.Valcan":3b61epky said::shock: Dude thats !!!!36!!! Motors that all need to fire thats not including any on the underside!jimoutofthebox":3b61epky said:A.My proposal would drop 2 of 4 Falcon 9s boosters once they ran dry, but the other two would fire until they ran out of fuel. The load would not be transferred through one booster but be shared between them. The Falcon 9s should be able to be used as is. Think of my proposal as a russian R7 booster without the core booster. Only four boosters attached to the upper stage.
Meh just invest the money for FalconX. For the price of a single Ares I launch you could fund the entire engine R&D. Then you wouldnt need to juryrigg it.