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Goodyear Project 7969
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Proj 7969 Goodyear
Proj 7969 Goodyear
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American manned spacecraft. Study 1958. Goodyear's proposal for the Air Force initial manned space project was a 2.1 m diameter spherical vehicle with a rearward facing tail cone and ablative surface.

Status: Study 1958. Gross mass: 900 kg (1,980 lb). Height: 2.13 m (6.98 ft).

Flaps were deflected from the cone during re-entry for increased drag and control.

The capsule would be launched by an Atlas or a Titan, plus a Vanguard upper stage into a 650 km orbit for a five day mission. Deorbit would be accomplished by a retrorocket providing a 240 m/sec braking impulse. An ablative heat shield was planned. In case of booster failure during ascent to orbit the capsule would be ejected. The spacecraft had a ballistic coefficient (W/CdA) of 250 kg per square meter. Landing precision was within a 1300 km diameter footprint. It was expected that a first manned orbital flight could be achieved 24 months after a go-ahead at a cost of $ 100 million.



Family: Manned spacecraft. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Titan, Titan-Vanguard. Agency: USAF, Goodyear. Bibliography: 26, 483, 59.
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Project 7969 DesignsProject 7969 Designs
Project 7969 designs. From left, top row: North American X-15B; Bell Dynasoar; Northrop Dynasoar; Republic Demi body; Avco manoeuvrable drag cone. Second row: Lockheed; Martin; Aeronutronics; Goodyear; McDonnell; Convair
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