Usage Conditions May Apply Usage Conditions Apply There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page. IIIF provides researchers rich metadata and image viewing options for comparison of works across cultural heritage collections. More - https://iiif.si.edu View Manifest View in Mirador Viewer Usage Conditions May Apply Usage Conditions Apply There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page. IIIF provides researchers rich metadata and image viewing options for comparison of works across cultural heritage collections. More - https://iiif.si.edu View Manifest View in Mirador Viewer Usage Conditions May Apply Usage Conditions Apply There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page. IIIF provides researchers rich metadata and image viewing options for comparison of works across cultural heritage collections. More - https://iiif.si.edu View Manifest View in Mirador Viewer Usage Conditions May Apply Usage Conditions Apply There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page. IIIF provides researchers rich metadata and image viewing options for comparison of works across cultural heritage collections. More - https://iiif.si.edu View Manifest View in Mirador Viewer

NASA studied this concept for a fully reusable launch vehicle during the design studies of 1969-1971. In this three-part or triamese design, the orbiter was sandwiched between two piloted boosters. Each booster had nine engines and the orbiter had three. All engines would ignite for launch, and the two boosters would separate at some point during ascent and return to land while the orbiter continued to space. Each craft had retractable wings and turbofan engines for return flight. All three craft burned liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants. 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-Crewed Spacecraft & Parts Manufacturer General Dynamics Corp. Dimensions 3-D: 21 × 12 × 6cm (8 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 2 3/8 in.)
Materials Plastic, resin, brass, rubber, paint, fiberboard, cork, felt, decal
Inventory Number A19740727000 Credit Line Transferred from NASA Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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