60s Metal RARE McDonnell ASSET ReEntry GEMINI NASA Spacecraft SMALL DESK MODEL
This great model came from an Engineer from McDonnell in St Louis (birthplace of the Gemini capsule) who also had a few other models from similar Space and Air Force projects, see sellers list in coming days.
ORIGINAL Vintage piece DECAL WEAR as seen, possibly chalk/ plaster on a great metal base. A great piece of US ( United States of America) Space History. The unit is about 5 inches long and does not come off the stand which is about 5 1/2 inches wide. The story behind this craft is fascinating please read below, not stated but possible pre-technology of the shuttle.
ASSET, or Aerothermodynamic Elastic Structural Systems Environmental Tests
Most likely a nuke. If this was a research vehicle, it's unlikely it'd have three crew. "Scout" might not actually be a relevant designation, but it might have been meant to scout out ground targets to take out. Mobile ICBMs and the like.JimK said:Some sort of detachable lifting body?
JimK said:It is, apparently, unpowered.
If I may somewhat go out on a limb here, based on various things I've read...JimK said:While trolling the Internet for some other cutaway I came across this:
It was identified as the Martin Scout and was called "vintage". I looks to be a late-60s study and approximates in shape the AFFDL F-3K or F-4 lifting bodies. The cutaway presentation shows some curious details: It is, apparently, unpowered. It has a small payload bay, which can be opened to the outside. What is that at the blunt end? Some sort of detachable lifting body? Check out that visual aid for the high-alpha landing attitude. Anyone have any ideas as to what it was supposed to "scout"?
antiquark said:The fiber-optic (?) periscope and landing skids are reminiscent to this one from up-ship.com. Seems to be lacking the nuke scout though.
Alternatively, it could be some sort of deployable penetration aid for the bombers that the Scout was intended to support.Orionblamblam said:Most likely a nuke. If this was a research vehicle, it's unlikely it'd have three crew. "Scout" might not actually be a relevant designation, but it might have been meant to scout out ground targets to take out. Mobile ICBMs and the like.JimK said:Some sort of detachable lifting body?
flateric said:This is Rockwell's HRA (Hypersonic Research Aircraft), as it goes from the schematics above, it was 1973 Mach 10 subscale prototype of HSRA.
Well, that's not what I call "unidentified". It is clearly an FDL-5 proposal, therefore an FDL-5L-A it must be! Now is it generic or by a certain manufacturer of course remains unknown...Mark Nankivil said:Hi All -
On EPay is this damaged unidentified display model - the decal on the fin is "FDL-5L-A"