Launch Configuration

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

Image credit: North American Rockwell

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H-33 by Craig Kavafes

Shuttle H-33 at Astronautix

Image credit: Grumman

Image source: Mike Acs

Program Objectives

original slide:

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: Mike Acs

From Space Station ’80

Orbiter and booster both returned to earth in this version of the shuttle.

Space Station ’80
by Lou Jacobs, Jr.
Hawthorn Books, 1973

Star Clipper at Astronautix

Image credit: Lockheed

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Mission Profile

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

Image credit; McDonnell Douglas

Image source: Apollo4Ever

Boeing Winged Booster

X-20 Dyno-Soar at Astronautix

Image credit: North American Aviation

Image source: AFMC 

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 

NAA Recoverable Booster

X-20 Dyno-Soar at Astronautix

Image credit: North American Aviation

Image source: AFMC 

Flyback Booster

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

Image credit: North American Rockwell

Image source: Numbers Station

Herbert Winthrop

Shuttle Program at Astronautix

Image credit: North American Rockwell

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