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 

Ready Or Not!

A Lockheed artist’s impression of a novel method of taking a unique and untried method of orbital delivery and making it even more unique and more untried. As my wife said to me in the giftshop of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, “Baby, I’ll take the car and see you up there!”

X-24C at Astronautix

Image credit: Lockheed

Image source: AFMC 

Star Raker

Star-Raker at Astronautix

Image credit: Rockwell International

Image source: AFMC 

METEOR

Goodyear Meteor Junior at Wikipedia

Image credit: Goodyear Aerospace

Image source: AFMC 

Meteor Jr.

Goodyear Meteor Junior at Wikipedia

Image credit: Goodyear Aerospace

Image source: AFMC 

S-64-18126

see also:

Apollo LLRV at Astronautix

Image credit: Aerojet-General

Image source(s):

 AFMC 

Internet Archive

M-70 Valkyrie Mothership

North American XB-70 Valkyrie at Wikipedia

Image credit: North American Aviation

Image source: AFMC 

XB-70 Applications

North American XB-70 Valkyrie at Wikipedia

Image credit: North American Aviation

Image source: AFMC