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Well, I swear I didn't imagine to be able to complement (and slightly correct) Dennis Jenkins work on the Shuttle, but after having triple checked with all I have, it seems this is really a new finding.
We are back in second half of 1969. A number of contractors are doing early definition studies for a fully reusable space transportation system. One of these is McDonnell-Douglas (MDC). MDC had ideas for a partially reusable Earth-to-orbit vehicle (essentially for space station logistics), but from July on she works on reusable booster-orbiter combination. Now, Jenkins in his multiple-edition "Space Shuttle" publish a series of concepts, all based on lifting bodies. Now, it seems that that was only the start of the story. From the document I found on NTRS, MDC in September 1969 was redirected by NASA (like North American Rockwell, BTW) to validate and develop a reusable shuttle using the Max Faget's DC-3 concept with a straight wing, low cross range configuration in both booster and orbiter. MDC followed suit and studied a vehicle with a 15 by 60 feet payload bay and a max payload of 25.000 lbs. The final report was entirely devoted to this vehicle, only variations were on ways to mate orbiter and booster. Both had air breathing engines for flyback and approach. What's funny, Dennis cites the very same report I'm using, but evidently the contents were different (early draft ? but the dates are 15th December 1969 in both cases: mistery). Relevant reports are here:
A two-stage fixed wing space transportation system. Volume 2 - Preliminary design Final report http://hdl.handle.net/2060/19700022287 and
Volume 3 - Mass properties http://hdl.handle.net/2060/19700022288
Behold the beast.
 

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Marvelous day today! Thanks!
 

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I've seen that orbiter before, in a book called "Exploring Today and Tomorrow in Space". I don't know if it had the jets though.

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Probably you saw the NAA Phase B proposal straight wing orbiter: they are very similar.
 

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Great stuff! Got 2 editions of that book and didn't think it could be added to.

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I used that design in an image I did of the Nerva Mars mission being assembled in Earth orbit. Actually, the first place I saw it was in a set of PG Tips cards called "The Race for Space"!

You can just make out the shuttle in the background.
 

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And just for the sake of completeness, here's the illustration from the PG Tips cards - rear cover of the collectors album.
 

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Slightly (only slightly) better - a great inspiration in my youth was this album!
 

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Nice, Shuttle for Marsmission Crew tranfere

in 1968 Boeing study "Integrated Manned Interplanetary Spacecraft Concept Definition"
they use no Shuttle or Space Station for assembly Marsship

all with adapted Apollo capsul with 6 men on board
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Hi,

http://www.flightglobal.com/PDFArchive/View/1970/1970%20-%201381.html?search=triplane%20projects
 

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McDonnell Douglas Space Shuttle fold-out brochure found on ebay.

Source:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SPACE-SHUTTLE-MCDONNELL-DOUGLAS-FOLD-OUT-BROCHURE-/160864761044?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25744974d4
 

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McDonnell Douglas Space Shuttle Phase B concept contractor model circa 1970 found on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/McDonnell-Douglas-Concept-Space-Shuttle-Model-Contractor-Model-Nasa-Model-/181658275756?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a4bad4fac
 

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McDonnell Douglas Space Shuttle Phase B concept contractor model circa 1970 found on eBay.
 

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Good Day All -

Presently on EPay is this ad featuring the McDonnell Douglas Space Shuttle Proposal:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1972-McDONNELL-DOUGLAS-AIRCRAFT-AD-NASA-Space-Shuttle-Photo-/361010194734?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item540de2692e

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Model of McDonnell Douglas Space Shuttle concept? Phase A? Circa 1970?


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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wind-Tunnel-Model-Shuttle-Concept-Spacecraft-NASA-Langley-Futuristic-1960-Rare/181717913692?_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D29267%26meid%3D0ba41e1c0cb74860a8aeeca6552b399c%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D24%26sd%3D181716350742
 

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Artist's impression of McDonnell Douglas Space Shuttle concept with Phase B 12-man Space Station circa 1970.

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McDonnell Douglas space shuttle concept prints (1969-1972)

McDonnell Douglas space shuttle concept prints (1969-72) found on eBay.

Sources:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NASA-McDONNELL-DOUGLAS-FEB-1972-CONCEPT-ART-COLOR-PHOTO-SPACE-SHUTTLE-SPACECRAFT/112845219805?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160706105314%26meid%3Dff67dbad20894806a26315cce88c982f%26pid%3D100643%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D112845219805&_trksid=p2045573.c100643.m3226

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NASA-McDONNELL-DOUGLAS-1971-CONCEPT-ART-COLOR-PHOTO-SPACE-SHUTTLE-SATELLITE/112845219808?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211856%26meid%3Df8189d287f304e67868722e91fc01753%26pid%3D100508%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D112845219808&_trksid=p2045573.c100508.m3226

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NASA-McDONNELL-DOUGLAS-1969-CONCEPT-ART-COLOR-PHOTO-SPACE-SHUTTLE-SPACECRAFT/112845219809?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211758%26meid%3Dcb5ce2ff965645d7919a8457e20651ab%26pid%3D100507%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D112845219809&_trksid=p2045573.c100507.m3226

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NASA-McDONNELL-DOUGLAS-JAN-1972-CONCEPT-ART-COLOR-PHOTO-SPACE-SHUTTLE-SPACECRAFT/112856921210?_trkparms=ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170105155430%26meid%3Dd01f8ba0dffd4ed88306f26ba10150ab%26pid%3D100706%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D112856921210&_trksid=p2045573.c100706.m4781

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NASA-McDONNELL-DOUGLAS-1971-CONCEPT-ART-COLOR-PHOTO-SPACE-SHUTTLE-MEDICAL-MODULE/112845219802?_trkparms=ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170105155410%26meid%3D699c6485a2bc480c8b09ba8a24c37f96%26pid%3D100705%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D112845219802&_trksid=p2045573.c100705.m4780

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NASA-McDONNELL-DOUGLAS-FEB-1972-CONCEPT-ART-COLOR-PHOTO-SPACE-SHUTTLE-SHIP/112845219803?hash=item1a461967db:g:csUAAOSwPzhaQEPa
 

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