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Gommersall
American SSTO VTOVL orbital launch vehicle. Edward Gomersall of NASA's Ames Research Center produced a conservative design for an SSTO in 1970. His vehicle was based on realistic structural technology and used a derivative of the J-2S engine.

Status: Design 1970.

Through use of strap-on solids it could be used to launch manned lunar spacecraft, 100 metric ton space stations, or passengers with the use of a winged spaceplane upper stage. The paper, seen as a threat to NASA's push for a winged shuttle, was suppressed and Gomersall assigned to other duties.



Family: orbital launch vehicle, SSTO. Country: USA. Agency: NASA Ames. Bibliography: 565.

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