Integral Launch and Recovery Vehicle

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Yet another one I've put on Ebay:

"Integral Launch and Reentry Vehicle System First Interim Technical Review Briefing, Vol. 1" Convair Division, General Dynamics Corporation, report GDC-DCB69-012, dated 29 April 1969. This report is loaded with drawings of possible vehicles, from small lifting bodies atop conventional boosters to large fully-reusable flyback boosters with advanced manend shuttle-like upper stages, The ILRV program was an immediate predecessor to the Space Shuttle program, and was nowhere near ready to come to a specific design... thus, a wide variety of concepts were studied. This copy of the report is incomplete, but presents all the illustrations.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250138333705

This one has some damned spiffy drawings of various space launch options, from the mundane to manned flyback twin-F-1-engiens flyback boosters. A number of detaield drawings of the Convair "Triamese" vehicle, which had three aerodynamically identical vehicles... two boosters, one orrbiter.
 

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Douglas IRLV! Member of the pre-shuttle trilogy, along the General Dynamics Triamese, and Lockheed Starclipper!

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Scott, please repost the document on e-bay, I was on vacation, I'll put a bid!!! Promised :p
 

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McDonnell Douglas Integral Launch and Recovery Vehicle (ILRV) documentation by McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company published in November 1969 found on NASA Technical Reports Server.

Integral Launch and Reentry Vehicle System. Executive Summary Report
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19700005908_1970005908.pdf

Integral Launch And Reentry Vehicle System. Vol. 1, Configuration Design and Subsystems. Bk. 1
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19700005884_1970005884.pdf

Integral Launch and Reentry Vehicle System. Vol. 2, Performance, Aerodynamics, Mission and Operations
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19700005887_1970005887.pdf

Integral Launch and Reentry Vehicle System Vol. 3, Plans, Costs, Schedules, Technologies
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19700005886_1970005886.pdf

Integral Launch and Reentry Vehicle System Vol. 4, One and a half stage configuration
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19740077882_1974077882.pdf

Integral Launch and Reentry Vehicle System. Final Oral Report
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19850069282_1985069282.pd
 

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Lockheed Integral Launch and Recovery Vehicle (ILRV) documentation by Lockheed Missile and Space Company (LMSC) published on December 22, 1969 found on NASA Technical Reports Server.

Volume I: Configuration and Definition Planning
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19700022512_1970022512.pdf

Volume II: Technology Identification
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19700022513_1970022513.pdf

Still searching for the other volumes and will post when I find them.
 

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http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19740077882_1974077882.pdf

Just fixing a busted link.
 

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Convair Triamese boosters via San Diego Air and Space Museum archives posted on Flickr.
 

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FDL ILRV concept models (circa 1968). Models auctioned from Huntsville, AL. Looks like Lockheed Star Clipper with variable geometry wings. I haven't seen this version before.
 

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Well the FDL-5M had "switchblade wings" to help at landing...
 

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SPACE PLANE PROTOTYPE MODEL.
Model of Identical Reusable Integrated Transporters, made by the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center's Graphic Engineering and Models Division, 11 inches tall, the base 7½ inches square. Three identically-shaped planes fit removably back-to-back around a central pyramid mount. One of the planes is silver while the other two are metallic dark grey. Each has a removable payload bay section along the back of the fuselage, and three thruster nozzles. A conical 'hat' holds them together at the noses. Caption label to base, noting "1:200 scale." The whole fitting into original 27 x 14 x 10 inch wood carrying case painted blue and with identification decals.

Likely dating from the early 1970s and relating to NASA's search for a semi-reusable shuttle.

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Sold for US$ 20,000 inc. premium (!!?!)

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Reminiscent of MUSTARD from this thread
 

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If nothing else-could some internet billionaire give a hundred million to this site and for Scott to buy Round2 models so kids could have something besides wrestling toys!
 

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FDL ILRV concept models (circa 1968). Models auctioned from Huntsville, AL. Looks like Lockheed Star Clipper with variable geometry wings. I haven't seen this version before.
More of same/larger of same:

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It would be interesting to CAT scan that model to see what the internal mechanism connecting the slider on the bottom to the wing-folding mechanism is like. I wonder if it was something off the shelf, or if it was entirely hand-made...
 

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I would imagine that the ends of the wings have a simplified gearing cut/formed (could just be marked/hand filed for a one-off) into the inner ends so they are geared/timed together. The external sliding toggle would just have to be connected via an internal pivot to a push/pull rod which runs back to a point , between the pivots of the wings, on one or the other wing to move them both.
On second thoughts it could be push/pulling a diamond/parallelogram as long as the central pivots are constrained on centre-line, principle similar to:

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