Model, Space Shuttle,Grumman/Boeing H-33 2-Stage Parially-Reusable Concept 1:192


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 Grumman concept for a partially reusable space transportation system during the Shuttle research effort in 1969-1972. It featured two piloted fly-back vehicles - a large booster and a small orbiter - both with retractable jet engines for powered descent to landing. This design reduced the orbiter's weight and size by putting its propellants into disposable external fuel tanks that could be jettisoned after ascent. NASA transferred a variety of concept models to the Museum after settling on the final Space Shuttle design.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA


Plastic, wood, fabric, metal, decals


  • 3-D: 36.5 × 28.5 × 17cm (14 3/8 × 11 1/4 × 6 11/16 in.)
  • Overall (Booster): 1ft 3 1/4in. x 5in. x 11 1/4in. (38.74 x 12.7 x 28.58cm)
  • Overall (Orbiter): 9 3/4in. x 4 1/2in. x 6 1/4in. (24.77 x 11.43 x 15.88cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

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