Shuttle LS A
Status: Study 1969. Thrust: 28,463.70 kN (6,398,894 lbf). Gross mass: 1,632,012 kg (3,597,970 lb). Height: 80.00 m (262.00 ft). Diameter: 10.00 m (32.00 ft).
Lockheed's $0.15-million shuttle Phase-A contract with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center concentrated on fully reusable versions of the Starclipper after NASA rejected all partially reusable concepts in August 1969. The final design consisted of a delta-planform lifting-body orbiter and a body-wing first stage booster. Lockheed also considered a "triamese" configuration of its lifting body design, but ultimately rejected the approach since the booster/orbiter propellant crossfeed system only produced a marginal performance advantage while introducing additional complexity and operational risk into the design. The orbiter's large wingtip fins were expect to increase the vehicle's subsonic lift-to-drag ratio and provide increased stability over the entire speed range. An additional plus was the lifting-body delta-wing concept would meet Air Force cross range requirements. Lockheed recommended a 22,680kg payload capability although a smaller 11,340-kg version also was investigated. Another important Lockheed contribution was a new thermal protection system made of silica fiber "tiles" which provided better insulation than metallic "shingles" and Lockheed therefore proposed to build the basic structure of aluminum rather than titanium. The final Space Shuttle design would use this approach and by the end of 1969, all Phase-A contractors except General Dynamics were proposing a silica-tile based TPS. The Lockheed Phase-A shuttle would have cost $5.51 billion (=$25B at 1999 rates) to develop. This cost included five booster/orbiter pairs for 175 horizontal and 25 vertical flights. Two boosters+orbiters would have been transformed into operational vehicles and Lockheed would have built five additional orbiters & two boosters for the fleet. The cost per flight would have been $1.255 million ($5.7M in 1999 $'s), and the inflation-adjusted transportation cost per kilogram was to be $251/kg over 1000 flights including R&D amortization.
Stage Data - Shuttle LS A