Rolf Klep

Man on the Moon.

Collier’s, October 18,1952

Man Will Conquer Space Soon! at Wikipedia

Von Braun Lander at Astronautix

Image credit: Colliers

Image source: AIAA Houston

Inside the Moon Ship

Man on the Moon.

Collier’s, October 18,1952

Man Will Conquer Space Soon! at Wikipedia

Von Braun Lander at Astronautix

Image credit: Colliers

Image source: AIAA Houston

Mercury

Project Mercury at Astronautix

Image credit: Bell Aerosystems

Image source: Internet Archive

Gary Meyer

Apollo Program at Astronautix

Image credit: North American Aviation

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SASSTO

SASSTO (Saturn Application Single-Stage-to-Orbit) combined launch vehicle and spacecraft. Only 62.3 ft (19m.) tall, a single plug-nozzle engine would serve both as launch vehicle and for soft-landing back on Earth after an orbital mission. The craft – seen here with a Gemini two-man capsule – would be recovered intact and could be used repeatedly. It would be a particularly appropriate for ferry missions into Earth-orbit including the emergency rescue of astronauts.

  1. Optional fairing around the two-man Gemini Capsule;
  2. Gemini adapter section;
  3. Transition support structure;
  4. Orbit injection / retro and control propellant tanks (6);
  5. Toroidal liquid-oxygen tank;
  6. Annular combustion chamber;
  7. Truncated plug nozzle and re-entry heat shield;
  8. Attitude-control system (4);
  9. Retractable landing legs (4);
  10. Spherical liquid-hydrogen propellant tank.

Text from Frontiers of Space by Philip Bono & Kenneth Gatland, 1969

SASSTO at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

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SDASM Archives

Numbers Station

Apollo Flight Configuration

The Saturn V configuration is shown in inches and meters as illustrated by the Boeing Company. The Saturn V vehicle consisted of three stages: the S-IC (first) stage powered by five F-1 engines, the S-II (second) stage powered by five J-2 engines, the S-IVB (third) stage powered by one J-2 engine. A top for the first three stages was designed to contain the instrument unit, the guidance system, the Apollo spacecraft, and the escape system. The Apollo spacecraft consisted of the lunar module, the service module, and the command module. The Saturn V was designed perform lunar and planetary missions and it was capable of placing 280,000 pounds into Earth orbit.

Saturn V at Astronautix

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Image source: NASA MSFC

Saturn V Apollo

Saturn V at Astronautix

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Image source: NASA MSFC

Mercury Space Capsule

Project Mercury at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

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Inside Deimos

ROMBUS

Configuration for a manned Mars mission (Project Deimos).

  1. Six man Mars landing capsule;
  2. Pressurized tunnel;
  3. Toroidal living compartment;
  4. Liquid hydrogen tanks (8);
  5. Spherical liquid oxygen tank
  6. Booster centerbody.

Project Deimos – Mars Landing Module

  1. Earth-return capsule;
  2. Command centre and pressurized tunnel;
  3. Separation joint, for return to Mars orbit;
  4. Mars landing propellant tanks(6);
  5. Ground access hatch;
  6. Mars-launch platform;
  7. Payload and power supply equipment compartment;
  8. Mars-launch propellant tank;
  9. Landing and take-off rocket motor;
  10. Jettisonable closure panel;
  11. Mars-entry heat shield;
  12. Extensible landing gear(4);
  13. Altitude-control system quads (4).

Text from Frontiers of Space by Philip Bono & Kenneth Gatland, 1969

Project Deimos at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

Image source: Numbers Station