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US Lifting Bodies Studies - START (ASSET/PRIME), FDL, X-24, etc.

antigravite

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Hi,
here is an unknown lifting body wind tunnel model likely from the late 1950s, found on the bay (item #352715830838).
Interesting shape.
Enjoy.

A.

Seller description goes as follow:
"RARE - METAL WIND TUNNEL MODEL - LIFTING BODY - PRELUDE TO THE SPACE SHUTTLE, Circa 1959-60's
Lifting Body Technology was crucial to the development of the Space Shuttle Transportation System.
This wind tunnel model is made with an aluminum base and still wings. Approximately 6.25 inches.
A very fine space collectors artifact that is nearly impossible to find. It comes from the private collection of a space historian,
To learn more about Lifting Bodies - See: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/space-race/online/sec500/sec541.htm"
 

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Awesome information on the Alpha Draco! The Model 122B was considered as a comparative vehicle in the ISINGLASS BGRV studies.

A case could be make, that ISINGLASS / RHEINBERRY was the true "missile with a man in it".
 

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Hi,
here is an unknown lifting body wind tunnel model likely from the late 1950s, found on the bay (item #352715830838).
Interesting shape.
Enjoy.

A.

Seller description goes as follow:
"RARE - METAL WIND TUNNEL MODEL - LIFTING BODY - PRELUDE TO THE SPACE SHUTTLE, Circa 1959-60's
Lifting Body Technology was crucial to the development of the Space Shuttle Transportation System.
This wind tunnel model is made with an aluminum base and still wings. Approximately 6.25 inches.
A very fine space collectors artifact that is nearly impossible to find. It comes from the private collection of a space historian,
To learn more about Lifting Bodies - See: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/space-race/online/sec500/sec541.htm"
Looks like a NASA-AMES model tested around 1962.
 

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Hi,
here is an unknown lifting body wind tunnel model likely from the late 1950s, found on the bay (item #352715830838).
Interesting shape.
Enjoy.

A.

Seller description goes as follow:
"RARE - METAL WIND TUNNEL MODEL - LIFTING BODY - PRELUDE TO THE SPACE SHUTTLE, Circa 1959-60's
Lifting Body Technology was crucial to the development of the Space Shuttle Transportation System.
This wind tunnel model is made with an aluminum base and still wings. Approximately 6.25 inches.
A very fine space collectors artifact that is nearly impossible to find. It comes from the private collection of a space historian,
To learn more about Lifting Bodies - See: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/space-race/online/sec500/sec541.htm"

Holy-heck! It's the wind tunnel model for the "Boost-Glide Reentry Vehicle suitable for Operation as a Supersonic Aircraft” from Tech Memorandum X-656 dated 1963! It came in two flavors:
1) The first was a bit crowded 6 person RV which after the wings folded down and the fins deployed it would blow off the nose cap, (triangular bit on the front) to open an air intake to two turbojet engines for fly-back and cruise.

2) Version two was a four-turbojet single seat Mach 2 FIGHTER aircraft that could be delivered by sub-orbital trajectory anywhere in the world in under an hour! IIRC Scott suggested in might have been proposed/studied as a possible "secure-the-airspace" concept to clear the airspace for an incoming "Ithacus" troop transport ballistic rocket. (Neat I found a link to an original presentation :) )

It appears to be one of the models where the wings were not fully 'hinged' so that is only a single wing-position setting. The wings would normally fold over the 'top' of the vehicle and the forward area sealed with a cover that would be jettisoned once reentry was completed. The wing would then fold down to 'level' and the fins to upright.

I don't even have to look to know I can't afford this but it's neat that at least one model still exists.

Randy
 

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Canadair space vehicle ... ref. Canadair, the First 50 Years, Ron Pickler & Larry Milberry, CANAV Books, 1995

be interesting to see a ga. of the design
 

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Hi,
here is an unknown lifting body wind tunnel model likely from the late 1950s, found on the bay (item #352715830838).
Interesting shape.
Enjoy.

A.

Seller description goes as follow:
"RARE - METAL WIND TUNNEL MODEL - LIFTING BODY - PRELUDE TO THE SPACE SHUTTLE, Circa 1959-60's
Lifting Body Technology was crucial to the development of the Space Shuttle Transportation System.
This wind tunnel model is made with an aluminum base and still wings. Approximately 6.25 inches.
A very fine space collectors artifact that is nearly impossible to find. It comes from the private collection of a space historian,
To learn more about Lifting Bodies - See: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/space-race/online/sec500/sec541.htm"

Holy-heck! It's the wind tunnel model for the "Boost-Glide Reentry Vehicle suitable for Operation as a Supersonic Aircraft” from Tech Memorandum X-656 dated 1963! It came in two flavors:
1) The first was a bit crowded 6 person RV which after the wings folded down and the fins deployed it would blow off the nose cap, (triangular bit on the front) to open an air intake to two turbojet engines for fly-back and cruise.

2) Version two was a four-turbojet single seat Mach 2 FIGHTER aircraft that could be delivered by sub-orbital trajectory anywhere in the world in under an hour! IIRC Scott suggested in might have been proposed/studied as a possible "secure-the-airspace" concept to clear the airspace for an incoming "Ithacus" troop transport ballistic rocket. (Neat I found a link to an original presentation :) )

It appears to be one of the models where the wings were not fully 'hinged' so that is only a single wing-position setting. The wings would normally fold over the 'top' of the vehicle and the forward area sealed with a cover that would be jettisoned once reentry was completed. The wing would then fold down to 'level' and the fins to upright.

I don't even have to look to know I can't afford this but it's neat that at least one model still exists.

Randy
Ithacus - 1200 troops in one ship! and jetpacks for the troops! wow.
 

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Ithacus - 1200 troops in one ship! and jetpacks for the troops! wow.

Or as one illustration showed jetpacks AND a VERY long (and steep) inflatable escape slide... I have a suspicion that 'slide-out' at the end is going to be long, rough or both ::)
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Randy
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