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X-15/Blue Scout

American air-launched orbital launch vehicle. In March 1962, NASA proposed an orbital launch vehicle using the B-52/X-15 combination. A Blue Scout booster would be fitted to an extendable launch rail on the belly of the X-15. The X-15 would be air-launched from the B-52, and then itself air-launch the Blue Scout well above the earth's atmosphere.

The proposal was rejected due to concerns over safety and economics (despite it being promoted as a low-cost launch system).

Status: Design 1962.

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