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MOL 3



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MOL in flight
MOL in flight over Sinai Peninsula
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MOL 3
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Crew: Taylor, Crews. At the time of the cancellation of the MOL program in June 1969, the first manned mission was planned for early 1972. A crew of two would have spent thirty days in orbit operating sophisticated military reconnaisance equipment and other experiments.

At the time of the cancellation of the MOL program in June 1969, the first manned mission was planned for early 1972. A crew of two would have spent thirty days in orbit operating sophisticated military reconnaisance equipment and other experiments. Walt Williams told Michael Cassutt that Jim Taylor would have commanded the first MOL flight, and given Williams's background in flight test operations, Mercury. and Gemini, that call was pretty much his at that time. As for the pilot, Al Crews, a holdover from the Dynasoar program, is considered by Cassutt as good a guess as any.

First Launch: 1972 Early.

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Associated People
  • Crews Crews, Albert Hanlin Jr (1929-) American pilot astronaut, 1965-1969. More...
  • Taylor Taylor, James Martin (1930-1970) American test pilot astronaut, 1965-1969. More...

See also

MOL 3 Chronology


1972 Early - . LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 3M.
  • MOL 3 (cancelled) - . Crew: Taylor; Crews. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Taylor; Crews. Flight: MOL 3. Spacecraft: MOL. Summary: At the time of the cancellation of the MOL program in June 1969, the first manned mission was planned for early 1972. A crew of two would have spent thirty days in orbit operating sophisticated military reconnaisance equipment and other experiments..

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