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NASA studied this concept for a fully reusable launch vehicle during the design studies of 1969-1971. In this two-part design, the three-engine orbiter was mounted on a larger fifteen-engine piloted booster. All engines would ignite for launch, and the booster would separate at some point during ascent and return to land while the orbiter continued to space. Both craft burned liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants, and each had retractable wings and turbofan engines for return flight. NASA transferred a variety of concept models to the Museum after settling on the final Space Shuttle design.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts Manufacturer General Dynamics Corp., Convair Division Dimensions 3-D: 63 × 38 × 17cm (24 13/16 × 14 15/16 × 6 11/16 in.)
Materials Aluminum, steel, paint, wood, decals, brass, plastic
Inventory Number A19760781000 Credit Line Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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