Model, Space Shuttle, General Dynamics / Convair FR-4 2-Stage Triamese Concept

Model, Space Shuttle, General Dynamics / Convair FR-4 2-Stage Triamese Concept

     

NASA studied this General Dynamics/Convair concept for a fully reusable space transportation system early in the Shuttle research effort of 1969-1972. This two-stage system featured three piloted fly-back vehicles, an orbiter sandwiched between two boosters, all using liquid propellants. All would ignite together for lift-off, and the boosters would detach and fly to land when their fuel was consumed while the orbiter continued on to space. All three vehicles had snap-out wings and jet engines for return flight. NASA transferred a variety of concept models to the Museum after settling on the final Space Shuttle design.

Transfer from NASA

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Dynamic Corp., Convair Division

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

Type
MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Overall - Plastic, with cork and felt pads on base
Dimensions
Overall: 10in. x 6 1/4in. x 11in. (25.4 x 15.9 x 27.9cm)

NASA studied this General Dynamics/Convair concept for a fully reusable space transportation system early in the Shuttle research effort of 1969-1972. This two-stage system featured three piloted fly-back vehicles, an orbiter sandwiched between two boosters, all using liquid propellants. All would ignite together for lift-off, and the boosters would detach and fly to land when their fuel was consumed while the orbiter continued on to space. All three vehicles had snap-out wings and jet engines for return flight. NASA transferred a variety of concept models to the Museum after settling on the final Space Shuttle design.

Transfer from NASA

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Dynamic Corp., Convair Division

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

Type
MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Overall - Plastic, with cork and felt pads on base
Dimensions
Overall: 10in. x 6 1/4in. x 11in. (25.4 x 15.9 x 27.9cm)

ID: A19800232000