ROOST and Astro
American winged orbital launch vehicle. Douglas design of the early 1960's for a two-stage-to-orbit, winged, recoverable vehicle. Two versions were envisioned - a preliminary one the size of a DC-8 and a monster vehicle capable of delivering one million pounds payload to orbit. It was assumed at this scale that Lox/LH2 vehicles could achieve stage propellant mass fractions of 88% to 86%.
LEO Payload: 454,500 kg (1,002,000 lb) to a 325 km orbit at 28.00 degrees.
Status: Study 1963.
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Payload: 454,500 kg (1,002,000 lb).
Height: 270.00 m (880.00 ft).
Span: 125.00 m (410.00 ft).
Apogee: 325 km (201 mi).
Winged In the beginning, nobody (except Jules Verne) thought anybody would be travelling to space and back in ballistic cannon balls. The only proper way for a space voyager to return to earth was at the controls of a real winged airplane. More...
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Douglas American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Boeing Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach, CA, USA. More...
Bono, Philip, "Design Objectives for Tomorow's Big Boosters", Advanced in the Astronautical Sciences, 1963.
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