All-purpose space vehicle proposed by Douglas Missile & Space Systems Division engineer Phil Bono, is pictured in artist’s concept during refueling in earth orbit prior to flight to the moon.
Refueling tankers, on either side will return to earth. Vehicle carries up to eight “strap-on” liquid hydrogen tanks, which can be ejected after they are emptied or retained for use on moon. Retro engines are fire as spacecraft nears lunar surface to allow a direct landing without an orbital maneuver. All-purpose space vehicle proposed by Douglas Missile & Space Systems Division engineer Phil Bono, is pictured in artist’s concept during refueling in earth orbit prior to flight to the moon.
Empty strap-on tanks are lowered to lunar surface before each return flight.
These liquid hydrogen tanks could be used as shelter for pioneering lunar colony.
Deck structure (4) with passenger couches (43 each).
Pegasus during atmospheric re-entry uses the LH2-cooled plug nozzle as a heat shield. The ballistic transport would convey 172 passengers and freight 7,456 miles (12,000 km.) in 39 min. without exceeding an acceleration of 3g during ascent or re-entry. At the arrival spaceport it would hover on rocket thrust during a soft landing in the vertical attitude.
Pegasus Passenger Compartment
Four-level passenger access doors (3);
Stairways (2) connecting four passenger decks;
Double-wall acoustic damping structure;
Luggage racks (9);
Re-entry stabilization fins (2).
Frontiers of Space Philip Bono & Kenneth Gatland Macmillan, 1969
How re-usable ROMBUS-type launch vehicles can be applied to construction of a temporary lunar base (Project Selena).
Vehicle en route for the Moon is refuelled in Earth Orbit;
Soft-lands on the Moon with lunar base components;
Pressurized moon-tractor hauls hydrogen tanks adapted for human habitation to assembly site;
The lunar base is ready for occupation.
Frontiers of Space is peppered with artwork from Douglas, including paintings by Don Charles and James Finnell. In the book, this section was illustrated with (pretty poor) knock-offs. Why? Who knows? These were the masters.