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Hawker Siddeley Waverider-1971


British manned spaceplane. Study 1971. The Hawker Siddeley Waverider study of 1971 laid out a space vehicle with a waveriding airbreathing hypersonic first stage, and a rocket propelled, lifting body second stage.

Orbital payload was to have been 3.5 - 4 metric tons of cargo or a manned, caret-shaped waverider vehicle. In either case the second stage would be recovered from orbit separately.

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