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Model, Space Shuttle, British Aircraft Corporation MUSTARD Triamese Concept


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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This British Aircraft Corporation concept for a fully reusable space transportation system was studied long before the Shuttle research effort in 1969-1972. First presented in 1962, the design was called MUSTARD (Multi-Unit Space Transport and Recovery Device). It featured three piloted lifting-body vehicles - two boosters and an orbiter - that would be launched either stacked or clustered. During ascent the spent boosters would separate and be flown like a glider back to land, and the orbiter would continue into space and later make a gliding return. All propellants were carried inside each vehicle. The origin of this model is unknown; it may have come to the Museum from its designer, British Aircraft Corporation.

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National Air and Space Museum


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British Aircraft Corporation

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Donor Unknown


Wood and plastic


Overall: 18in. x 7 1/2in. x 14in. (45 x 19 x 36cm)

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Country of Origin

United Kingdom


MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

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