METEOR: city in space

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In the early/mid 1950's, work was performed at Goodyear Aircraft on the METEOR concept ("Manned Earth-Satellite Terminal Evolving From Earth-To-Orbit Ferry Rockets"). This was somewhat similar to the "Colliers" space program as envisioned by von Braun and others... just not so small and limited. The space station envisioned was something more like Babylon 5 than vonBrauns' "Wheel." The space station envisioned was something more like Babylon 5 than vonBrauns' "Wheel." 2,500 feet long (that's right, prit near half a mile) and 1,500 feet in diameter, the METEOR space station would be assembled in orbit by stripping the third stage of a reusable launch vehicle for parts over a period of 40 months or so.

METEOR was so much better than current plans that it's not *even* funny... :'(
 

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oh year much more fun as ISS

the METEOR in 1955 had a size of
300 meterø x 900 meter long tube, with disk 450 mø 12 m tick.
with crew of 5000 men ?
this is more a Bablyon X-1 ;D

only 2500-3000 shuttle launches over 3,5 years or two per day
how long they work on ISS now? ::)
 

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And to whet your appetite:

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/05/11/all-aboard-for-outer-space/

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Goodyear METEOR Jr. 3-Stage Fully Reusable Rocket Concept model found in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collections Database web site. Previous drawing identifies it as "Ferry Rocket."

From the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collections Database:
In 1954, several years before spaceflight began, space enthusiast Darrell C. Romick and two other Goodyear Aircraft workers designed this model of a reusable space transportation system and displayed it at the American Rocket Society's annual conference. Three piloted, winged rocket stages nested in a column would fire in sequence to launch the third stage at the top into orbit. All had retractable landing gear and could be flown as a glider during the return to landing. Although the concept was too massive to be practical at the time, it was an early vision for a space shuttle that could ferry people and equipment to and from an Earth-orbiting space station. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company gave this model to the Museum in 1980.
 

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Concept artwork of METEOR rockets in an airship hanger published in When Giants Roamed the Sky: Karl Arnstein and the Rise of Airships from Zeppelin to Goodyear by Dale Topping.

Even before the Soviet satellite Sputnik opened the eyes of the world to space travel, Goodyear Aircraft Corporation developed an ambitious proposal for a reusable, manned space vehicle. This artist's concept depicts the nearly 200-foot (60 m) high Air Dock filled with Goodyear "Meteor, Jr." rockets undergoing assembly and a large rigid airship occupying the remainder of the hangar. (Lockheed Martin)
 

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Triton said:
Concept artwork of METEOR rockets in an airship hanger published in When Giants Roamed the Sky: Karl Arnstein and the Rise of Airships from Zeppelin to Goodyear by Dale Topping.

Even before the Soviet satellite Sputnik opened the eyes of the world to space travel, Goodyear Aircraft Corporation developed an ambitious proposal for a reusable, manned space vehicle. This artist's concept depicts the nearly 200-foot (60 m) high Air Dock filled with Goodyear "Meteor, Jr." rockets undergoing assembly and a large rigid airship occupying the remainder of the hangar. (Lockheed Martin)

I sent it before;
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2504.msg55047/highlight,goodyear+space.html#msg55047
 

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So that's what this is ;D
 

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RyanCrierie said:
So that's what this is ;D

Yup. SIGH. Must I do all of my own self promotion for me?
http://www.up-ship.com/drawndoc/drawndocspaceother.htm#spacedoc55
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Orionblamblam said:
SIGH. Must I do all of my own self promotion for me?
http://www.up-ship.com/drawndoc/drawndocspaceother.htm#spacedoc55
sdoc55ani.jpg
Why yes... Yes you do... In fact we DEMAND not only SELF promotion, but SHAMELESS self promotion!

As with "nuking-the-site-from-orbit" it is after all the ONLY way to be sure....

Randy
 

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RanulfC said:
Why yes... Yes you do... In fact we DEMAND not only SELF promotion, but SHAMELESS self promotion!

As with "nuking-the-site-from-orbit" it is after all the ONLY way to be sure....

Randy

no no no
he just remind me that i forgot to order the METEOR PDF at
http://www.up-ship.com/
the best aerospace site with best price-quality ratio !
::)
 

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Hi,


here is the Goodyear Meteor.


https://archive.org/stream/missilesrockets3195unse#page/n139/mode/2up
 

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And,


https://archive.org/stream/missilesrockets3195unse#page/n315/mode/2up
 

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And;


https://archive.org/stream/missilesrockets6196unse#page/n671/mode/2up
 

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Hi,

a many jets powered Goodyear proposal in this artist drawing ?;

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/all-aboard-for-outer-space/3/#mmGal
 

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hesham said:
Hi,

a many jets powered Goodyear proposal in this artist drawing ?;

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/all-aboard-for-outer-space/3/#mmGal

Seems to have been attachable jets for ferrying the spacecraft from landing sites back to the launch sites, in cases where the two were not in close proximity.
 

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From Oltre il Cielo 1959 02
 

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