Aerojet-General Astroplane RLV (1961)

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If you have old mags (AWST, Astronautics & Aeronautics, etc.) with articles and illustrations regarding these two concepts, I'd be very obliged for help. I hope that I can give you something in return.

Thanks in advance!
 

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The first one is a real monster!!! :eek:

How they though to handle it during the re-entry??
 
archipeppe said:
The first one is a real monster!!! :eek:

How they though to handle it during the re-entry??

Lots of surface area + low mass = low aerothermal heating. Also, a flying wing, properly spanloaded, would be able to re-enter at hypersonic speeds without harsh structural loading.
 
Orionblamblam said:
Lots of surface area + low mass = low aerothermal heating. Also, a flying wing, properly spanloaded, would be able to re-enter at hypersonic speeds without harsh structural loading.

Woo...this is interesting....
 

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