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General Electric Manned Orbiting Shuttle Escape System proposed for use with the shuttle in the 1970's.
American manned rescue spacecraft. Study 1975. The General Electric MOSES space rescue concept of the early 1980's took advantage of large re-entry capsules already developed for classified US military projects.

730 kg (one crew), 1300 kg (two crew), or 2320 kg (four crew) versions were possible. The capsules themselves were Discoverer-type blunt bodies, but much larger than those known to be used to recover film from Keyhole satellites. Space suits would be required, but otherwise all internal systems were 'off the shelf'..... Mass per crew: 580 kg to 720 kg.

Crew Size: 1. Habitable Volume: 2.00 m3.

AKA: Manned Orbiting Shuttle Escape System.
Gross mass: 730 kg (1,600 lb).
Height: 2.70 m (8.80 ft).
Span: 2.70 m (8.80 ft).

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  • Rescue In the early 1960's, in the hey-day of the X-20 Dynasoar, it seemed that the US military would naturally keep building military aerospacecraft that would just keep going higher and faster. It was also supposed that the pilot would have to be given the equivalent of an ejection seat - some means of bailing out of the spacecraft in case of catastrophic failure or enemy attack. More...

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  • GE American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. General Electric Corporation, USA. More...

  • Kane, Francis X, "A Thirty Year Perspective on Manned Space Safety and Rescue: Where We've Been; Where We Are; Where We Are Going", IAA, IAA 84-270, 1984.

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