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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The Space Shuttle

NASA Spinoff – 1981

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: Internet Archive

PEP

NASA Spinoff – 1982

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: Internet Archive

Construction In Space

NASA Spinoff – 1982

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: Internet Archive

Martin Apollo

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L. Apollo is pictured here by an artist of The Martin Co., one of three leading Space Age manufacturers awarded study contracts on project by NASA. Apollo was a god of Ancient Greece, son of Clymene and Titan. This is nicely appropriate, since Martin produces the mighty Titan intercontinental ballistic missile.

R. The Apollo lunar spacecraft planned to carry 3 crewmen on round trip between earth and the moon is shown above here enroute among the stars. Protruding fan-shapes are solar arrays to gather energy from sun for use aboard. Apollo was said to have been the triumphant participant in Olympic games. Homer called him the “god of prophecy.”

America’s Mightiest Missile

by Larry Eisinger
Arco Publishing, 1961

Apollo Program at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

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Apollo4Ever

Numbers Station

Short Final

Stunning representation of a NAR Phase A orbiter about to land by Henry Lozano Jr., from the collection of everyone’s favourite space archivist.

NAR A at Astronautix

Image credit: North American Rockwell

Image source: Apollo4Ever