American winged orbital launch vehicle. The Recoverable Booster Space System was a plan circulated in the early 1960's to use the XB-70 as a recoverable supersonic first stage for a range of systems. The XB-70 would be capable of orbiting a 6800 kg payload, or an X-20 manned space glider.
LEO Payload: 6,800 kg (14,900 lb) to a 160 km orbit at 90.00 degrees.
AKA: Recoverable Booster Space System.
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Status: Study 1962.
Gross mass: 230,000 kg (500,000 lb).
Payload: 6,800 kg (14,900 lb).
Height: 56.40 m (185.00 ft).
Diameter: 9.14 m (29.98 ft).
Span: 32.01 m (105.01 ft).
Thrust: 519.00 kN (116,675 lbf).
Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).
Dynasoar American manned spaceplane. Cancelled 1963. The X-20A Dyna-Soar (Dynamic Soarer) was a single-pilot manned reusable spaceplane, really the earliest American manned space project to result in development contracts. More...
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...
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North American American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. North American, Palmdale, El Segundo. Downey, CA, USA More...
Jenkins, Dennis R,, Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System : The First 100 Missions, Third edition, Voyageur Press, 2001.
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