Lockheed Mystery Ship

Recoverable Rocket Boosters by Tony R. Landis, AFMC History Office

Irwin Stambler gives some information on this Lockheed ten-passenger cargo carrier in Orbiting Stations. As described, the vehicle would launch initially from a hot-water-propulsion rocket sled. Two nested fly-back boosters take the payload stage to orbit. I put the image scanned from the book on Flickr, it’s a hair wider than AFMC’s version and shows the artist’s signature. So, not so much a mystery as it is a spacecraft without a name. More here on Aerospace Projects Review, and more again here on Secret Projects.

Image credit: Lockheed

Image source: AFMC 

Star Raker (HI-RES)

Recoverable Rocket Boosters by Tony R. Landis, AFMC History Office

Star-Raker at Astronautix

Image credit: Rockwell International

Image source: AFMC 

Cover Art

Orbiting Stations: Stopovers to Space Travel

by Irwin Stambler
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1965

X-24 at Astronautix

Image credit: Martin Marietta

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Leynnwood Gallery

Image credit: Northrop

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Assembling Spaceball

Huge space ferries are used by astronauts to perform the final assembly of the huge Spaceball orbiting station.

Orbiting Stations: Stopovers to Space Travel

by Irwin Stambler
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1965

Douglas Astro at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

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Rendezvous with The MOL

Carefully watching the displays on their instrument panel, two astronauts in their Gemini ferry prepare to rendezvous with the MOL.

Orbiting Stations: Stopovers to Space Travel

by Irwin Stambler
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1965

Gemini B/MOL at Astronautix

Image credit: USAF

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Lunar Module Derivatives

  1. LM
  2. Extended LM
  3. Lunar Reconnaissance Module
  4. LM Taxi
  5. LM Truck
  6. LM Payload Module
  7. LM Shelter
  8. Lunar Base Module
  9. LM/Stellar ATM
  10. Rescue LM

Apollo Program at Astronautix

Image credit: Grumman

Image source: NASA HQ

Origin of The SST

  1. Lockheed’s L-2000 SST design, loser in the competition with Boeing for US/SST contract, was result of decade of tunnel testing, incorporating best features of fixed wing double-delta concept proved out in SR-71. Lockheed’s philosophy was simplicity in design for better safety and economy.
  2. How to build an SST! Brilliant Lockheed designer Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson, who created such successful planes as the U-2, SR-71, F-104 and the Constellation, amused fellow aircrafters with satirical drawing portraying design problems encountered with the SST.

The SST: Here it comes, ready or not.

by Don Dwiggins
Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1968

Lockheed L-2000 at Wikipedia

Image credit: Lockheed

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Dyna-Soar On A Leash

This drawing from the magazine Air Force and Space Digest shows a proposed NASA “ONE-STAGE-TO-ORBIT” aerospace plane. The craft would be able to take off from a regular airport using turbojet engines, then switch to ramjet propulsion at supersonic speed. To reach orbital speed in space, the aerospace plane would use a third set of engines using rocket propulsion.

In the drawing (above) the combination turbo-ramjet engines are housed in pods, just inside the vertical tailfins (on either side). The huge scoop atop the rear half of the fuselage contains the rocket engines and a novel collection and compression unit for gathering oxygen to burn in the rockets. The other propellant would be liquid oxygen carried in the craft’s tanks.

After it’s orbital mission, the aerospace plane would be able to reenter the atmosphere and land as a conventional aircraft at an airfield. The craft would be about 90 feet long and weigh some 100,000 pounds.

CREDIT LINE (UPI PHOTO) 7-21-62 (ML)
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL ROTO SERVICE

X-20 Dyno-Soar at Astronautix

Image credit: USAF

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