Model, Space Shuttle, Martin Marietta Spacemaster Two-Stage Concept, 1:96

Model, Space Shuttle, Martin Marietta Spacemaster Two-Stage Concept, 1:96

     

NASA studied this Martin Marietta concept for a fully reusable space transportation system during the Shuttle research effort in 1969-1972. It featured two piloted fly-back vehicles - a twin-fuselage booster craft and a delta-wing orbiter - in a two-stage configuration. The liquid-propellant booster would carry the orbiter to a set altitude, then detach and be piloted back to land. After separation the orbiter would ignite its own engines to reach orbit. Both vehicles had retractable air-breathing jet engines for powered airplane-like flight during descent to landing. NASA transferred a variety of concept models to the Museum after settling on the final Space Shuttle design.

Transferred from NASA

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Martin Aircraft Co.

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Plastic, wood
Dimensions
Overall: 1ft 3in. x 10in. x 6in. (38.1 x 25.4 x 15.24cm)

NASA studied this Martin Marietta concept for a fully reusable space transportation system during the Shuttle research effort in 1969-1972. It featured two piloted fly-back vehicles - a twin-fuselage booster craft and a delta-wing orbiter - in a two-stage configuration. The liquid-propellant booster would carry the orbiter to a set altitude, then detach and be piloted back to land. After separation the orbiter would ignite its own engines to reach orbit. Both vehicles had retractable air-breathing jet engines for powered airplane-like flight during descent to landing. NASA transferred a variety of concept models to the Museum after settling on the final Space Shuttle design.

Transferred from NASA

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Martin Aircraft Co.

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Plastic, wood
Dimensions
Overall: 1ft 3in. x 10in. x 6in. (38.1 x 25.4 x 15.24cm)

ID: A19740729000