Bell Project 7969

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Hi,

from the Astronautix site;

http://www.astronautix.com/craft/belt7969.htm

Project 7969 Bell
American manned spacecraft. Study 1958. Bell's preferred
concept for the Air Force initial manned space project was
the boost-glide vehicle they had been developing for the
Dynasoar program.When pressed they considered briefly
a minimum vehicle, spherical in shape, weighing about
1,400 kg. But their baseline was the Dynasoar approach -
'anything else would be a stunt'. It was expected that a
first manned orbital flight of the boost-glide vehicle could
be achieved five years after a go-ahead at a cost of
$ 889 million.
 

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XP67_Moonbat said:
IIRC, wasn't that a development of their earlier BOMI studies?

...ISTR a thread on s.s.history about this one, with Henry Spencer chiming in with the BOMI heritage. Someone asked Mark Wade about this one as well, but I can't recall what that answer was right this moment, and my usenet archive is offline right now.
 

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