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Northrop Project 7969
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Proj 7969 Northrop
Proj 7969 Northrop
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American manned spacecraft. Study 1958. Northrop's proposal for the Air Force initial manned space project was a boost-glide vehicle based on work done for the Dynasoar project.

Status: Study 1958. Gross mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb).

The delta wing vehicle would weigh 5,000 kg and had a hypersonic lift to drag ratio of 6.0. As with Dynasoar, a test aircraft approach was taken, with a slow build-up to orbital speed.



Family: Manned spacecraft. Country: USA. Agency: USAF, Northrop. Bibliography: 26, 483, 59.
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Project 7969 DesignsProject 7969 Designs
Project 7969 designs using extensive aerodynamic manoeuvring. From left: North American X-15B; Bell Dynasoar; Northrop Dynasoar; Republic Demi body; Avco manoeuvrable drag cone.
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