Ken Hodges

Douglas Astro at Astronautix

Image credit: Krafft Ehricke Papers

Image source: NASM

Space Delivery

Space delivery – The partnership of the space ferry and the manned laboratory is demonstrated in this sketch. Here astronauts in a Douglas Astro ferry approach a huge space station with fresh supplies of food and test equipment. Eventually, experimental orbiting stations may give way to orbiting terminals for space travelers of the future.

Orbiting Stations: Stopovers to Space Travel
Irwin Stambler
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1965

Douglas Astro at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

Image source: Numbers Station

Assembling Spaceball

Huge space ferries are used by astronauts to perform the final assembly of the huge Spaceball orbiting station.

Orbiting Stations: Stopovers to Space Travel
Irwin Stambler
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1965

Douglas Astro at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

Image source: Numbers Station

Do The Astro!

ASTRO — a manned reusable spacecraft concept developed by Douglas Aircraft.

PLAN AND ELEVATION views of ASTRO A2 vehicle. Note booster vehicle attachment at aft end.

Missiles and Rockets, September 3, 1962

Douglas Astro at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

Image source: Internet Archive

Douglas Astro

(ADVANCE FOR AMS OF TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, WITH SPACECRAFT STORY)

(NY11-Feb. 24) WINGLESS, PILOTED SPACECRAFT TO BE TESTED — This is an artist’s conception of the wingless, piloted spacecraft that can be maneuvred over 1,000 miles for landing after re-entering the atmosphere. The craft, shown leaving the vicinity of the earth for a mission in space, is slated for testing in the early spring. The new concept, knowing as the “M-2 Lifting Body,” was to be unveiled Tuesday by scientists of the Ames Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, at Moffett Field, Calif.

(NASA Photo via APWirephoto) (prll400nasa) 1963

Douglas Astro at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: Numbers Station

After Apollo is on The Moon

(ADVANCE FOR FRIDAY PMS, SEPT. 6 — WITH SPECIAL REPORT BY HOWARD BENEDICT)

(NY21 – Aug.30) AFTER APOLLO IS ON THE MOON — This artist’s conception presents one view of what a 12 to 24 man spacecraft may look like when scientists begin to plan for space development after the Apollo landing on the moon. The target date for that project is 1970, after which may come development of space stations, flights to Mars and moon bases. This type of spacecraft would be launched in pieces and assembled in space by astronauts. Crew replacement and supplies would be brought in by smaller craft, left.

(APWirephoto Drawing) (b61000ho)1963

Douglas Astro at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

Image source: Numbers Station

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