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X-15 Hypersonic Final

North American X-15 at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: NASA Image & Video Library

MDAC Phase B

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

Image credit: McDonnell Douglas

Image source: Stellar Views


Image credit: Boeing Aircraft Company

Image source: SDASM Archives

The Next Steps

Inside the cockpit of a shuttlecraft, with the pilot and co-pilot preparing for docking with a space station.

The shuttlecraft docked with the station -in this case a top docking, but a nose docking is also possible. Two other shuttlecraft are seen, each of a slightly different configuration, since this scene looks forward to a time when shuttles, like aircraft today, will be specially designed according to their functions.

Our World in Space
Robert McCall & Isaac Asimov
New York Graphic Society, 1974

Image source: Numbers Station

Rockwell Star-Raker

Star-raker at Astronautix

Image credit: Rockwell International

Hypersonic Glider

X-20 Dyno-Soar at Astronautix

Image credit: USAF

Image source: National Archives

B9U / NAR-161-B

Image credit: Convair

Image source: Numbers Station