Model, Space Shuttle, Lockheed Starclipper LS200-8 Stage-and-a-Half Concept,1:96


Display Status:

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

Collection Item Summary:

NASA studied this Lockheed Martin concept for a partially reusable space transportation system during the Shuttle research effort in 1969-1971. It featured a delta-wing orbiter vehicle flanked by two large external fuel tanks. It was called a stage-and-a-half vehicle because the orbiter would launch itself without a booster and fly all the way to orbit using its own rocket engines fed by the external fuel tanks (the half-stage), which would be jettisoned when empty. The reusable orbiter had retractable wings and air-breathing jet engines that deployed after reentry, enabling it to fly like an airplane to landing. NASA transferred a variety of concept models to the Museum after settling on the final Space Shuttle design.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Country of Origin

United States of America


Plastic, paint, aluminum, brass, adhesive decals


3-D: 41 × 17.5 × 6.8cm (16 1/8 × 6 7/8 × 2 11/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts