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

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Some in the West thought the BORs were scale models of a Buran sized lifting body to be called "Energia-Uragan" (Hurricane) by
the German magazine (GDR) "Freie Welt" in December 1987 (the author of the rightmost figure and article is Klaus Huhndorf);


"The most interesting thing is that our orbital ship " Buran " really could have been exactly the way the German artist presented it, if the Council of Chief Designers, headed by V.P. Glushko, at its meeting on June 11, 1975, accepted G. E. Lozino-Lozinsky to take as a basis for the Soviet reusable spacecraft project "305-1", developed on the basis of "Spiral" (and, accordingly, "BORa-4") with a "load-bearing body" layout at NPO Molniya (and EMZ named after Myasishchev )."

This could have been the largest lifting body built, though Mark Wade had "Uragan" as part of N1:

I wonder is Super Heavy could be configured thusly, so as to look something like the old ferry rocket:

Musk wasn't the first to suggest military applications for rockets beyond warheads ;)

I wouldn't take that last very seriously---though it makes a bit more sense than the last Fast & Furious movie.
 

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Awesome! It looks almost like an XRL11 rocket motor. If thats the case then possibly designed to power a boost glide tests similar to NASA's lifting body program. Any additional information?
 

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Awesome! It looks almost like an XRL11 rocket motor. If thats the case then possibly designed to power a boost glide tests similar to NASA's lifting body program. Any additional information?
The original image isn't of sufficient quality to clearly read the leader relevant text unfortunately (although some are clear enough to make a good guess). It is shown with an F-4 canopy with fairing, "scissors wing (stored)" with pivot just behind the "ejector seat rails", above the "oxidiizer tank"
 

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That from the German magazine...with Energia having engines, you could have different type orbiters without the SSMEs ruining the aerodynamics. Each orbiter having different payload bay shapes. I wonder if this giant lifting body could be launched empty...filled like Lunar Starship, but deposit a light inflatable lander...shades of Homer's Back To The Moon novel. The high volume of a lifting body of this size could have many uses. Maybe an oxidizer filled orbiter with SSMEs and an all hydrogen External Tank with the payload atop that...using the ET as a wet stage space station segment...that might be a project for you. Thank you for this outstanding bit of art. Here is an idea: Do an American Energia with a jet equipped FOR ALL MANKIND type Pathfinder-Buran with Blue Origin regalia.
 
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