Boeing Space Operations Center

Space Operations Center at Astronautix

Image credit: Boeing

Image source: Mike Acs

McDonnell Douglas Space Station

Space Station 1970 at Astronautix

Image credit: McDonnell Douglas

Image source: Numbers Station

MOL by Neil Jacobe

Gemini B/MOL at Astronautix

Image credit: McDonnell

Image source: Numbers Station

RIFT

RIFT at Astronautix

Image credit: Lockheed

Image source: Mike Acs

Space Station 1982

Space Station 1982 at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: National Archives

Lockheed Space Station

Image credit: Lockheed

Image source: Apollo4Ever

LORL

Three-armed LORL is shown in this artist’s sketch. Center hub, which contains parking area for several space ferries, does not rotate and thus remains weightless. Under the parking area is a laboratory for study of weightlessness. The three arms rotate around the hub to create artificial gravity. Cutaway of one arm shows it to contain a series of rooms for other laboratory requirements and studies.

Orbiting Stations: Stopovers to Space Travel

by Irwin Stambler
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1965

LORL at Astronautix

Image credit: North American Aviation

Image source: Numbers Station

LORL (Lockheed)

Three-armed LORL is shown in this artist’s sketch. Center hub, which contains parking area for several space ferries, does not rotate and thus remains weightless. Under the parking area is a laboratory for study of weightlessness. The three arms rotate around the hub to create artificial gravity. Cutaway of one arm shows it to contain a series of rooms for other laboratory requirements and studies.

Orbiting Stations: Stopovers to Space Travel

by Irwin Stambler
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1965

LORL at Astronautix

Image credit: Lockheed

Image source: Numbers Station

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

by Irwin Stambler
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1965

Douglas Astro at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

Image source: Numbers Station

Space-Age Station

A spaceport and supply rocket designed by the Martin Marietta Corporation in mid-air in this scene from the Hall of Science space show. In such a port, astronauts may orbit for half a year.

New York World’s Fair 1964/1965
Official Souvenir Book
Time Life, 1964

X-24 at Astronautix

Image credit: Martin Marietta

Image source: Numbers Station

Preliminary Conception

Missiles and Rockets

February 10, 1964

Gemini B/MOL at Astronautix

Image credit: USAF

Image source: Numbers Station