Image credit: Douglas
Image source: SDASM Archives
Pegasus Intercontinental Passenger Rocket
Pegasus during atmospheric re-entry uses the LH2-cooled plug nozzle as a heat shield. The ballistic transport would convey 172 passengers and freight 7,456 miles (12,000 km.) in 39 min. without exceeding an acceleration of 3g during ascent or re-entry. At the arrival spaceport it would hover on rocket thrust during a soft landing in the vertical attitude.
Pegasus Passenger Compartment
Frontiers of Space
Philip Bono & Kenneth Gatland
Image credit: Douglas / Blandford Press