Model, Space Shuttle, McDonnell Douglas / Martin Marietta Reusable Concept, 1:80

Model, Space Shuttle, McDonnell Douglas / Martin Marietta Reusable Concept, 1:80

     

NASA studied this McDonnell Douglas/Martin Marietta concept for a fully reusable space transportation system during the Shuttle research effort in 1969-1972. This two-stage system featured two piloted fly-back vehicles, a booster and an orbiter, both using liquid propellant. The booster would carry the orbiter to a set altitude, then detach to return to base. After separation, the orbiter's engines would ignite for final ascent into orbit. This concept had a second configuration for heavy payloads (such as large space station components) that did not need an astronaut crew; the booster, augmented by six solid rocket boosters, would launch a large disposable cargo carrier. 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 Marietta
McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co.

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

Type
MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Plastic models with wooden bases
Dimensions
Overall (orbiter and winged booster): 7in. x 1ft 4in. x 1ft 12in. (17.78 x 40.64 x 60.96cm)
Overall (booster rocket): 1ft 7in. x 3in. (48.26 x 7.62cm)

NASA studied this McDonnell Douglas/Martin Marietta concept for a fully reusable space transportation system during the Shuttle research effort in 1969-1972. This two-stage system featured two piloted fly-back vehicles, a booster and an orbiter, both using liquid propellant. The booster would carry the orbiter to a set altitude, then detach to return to base. After separation, the orbiter's engines would ignite for final ascent into orbit. This concept had a second configuration for heavy payloads (such as large space station components) that did not need an astronaut crew; the booster, augmented by six solid rocket boosters, would launch a large disposable cargo carrier. 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 Marietta
McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co.

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

Type
MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Plastic models with wooden bases
Dimensions
Overall (orbiter and winged booster): 7in. x 1ft 4in. x 1ft 12in. (17.78 x 40.64 x 60.96cm)
Overall (booster rocket): 1ft 7in. x 3in. (48.26 x 7.62cm)

ID: A19760777000