Model, Space Shuttle, Lockheed Fully Reusable Concept, 1:200

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    Shuttle concept model; Lockheed Phase A Class III fully reusable booster and orbiter, 1969-1970; booster with detachable lifting body orbiter.

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    Shuttle concept model; Lockheed Phase A Class III fully reusable booster and orbiter, 1969-1970; booster with detachable lifting body orbiter.

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

NASA studied this Lockheed concept for a two-stage, fully reusable space transportation system during the Shuttle research effort in 1969-1972. Unlike similar designs that perched the orbiter on top of a booster vehicle, this one attached the orbiter underneath. The booster would lift the orbiter to a set altitude, then separate and depart as the orbiter ignited its engines to continue its ascent into space. Both piloted vehicles would return to land. The upswept wings on these vehicles also differed from other design concepts. NASA transferred a variety of concept models to the Museum after settling on the final Space Shuttle design.