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From L+K 18/1992,

I don't know if we discuss this subject before or not,what was this VTOL Shuttle ?.
 

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From L+K 18/1992,

I don't know if we discuss this subject before or not,what was this VTOL Shuttle ?.
That was Martin-Marietta artwork to illustrate the "NIMF" Mars lander, a nuclear-powered vehicle capable of SSTO operation on Mars. This was something of an offshoot of the "Mars Direct" project. The actual NIMF design was a lot simpler and frankly duller than the artwork.
 

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From Aviation magazine 1963.

THE LARGE NASA LAUNCHER VEHICLES
THE Marshall Center for the Study of Space Flight (NASA) has been working for 15 years on
projects of large launch vehicles, with the collaboration of industry., One of these, which should be
ready in 1970, the start of work being registered in the 1966 budget, consists of a large rocket delta
and high wing bearing on its back another smaller, low-winged delta. The two wings are thus joined
together during the first part of the flight. The departure is assisted by a rocket cart traveling on a
special way. The ascent is carried out by the "second stage of the great delta". The bet on
orbit is the fact of the “third stage small delta” which carries two pilots, 10 passengers
and 3 tonnes of load, while the carrier lands in a conventional manner, De
even, the return to earth of the "little delta" can be done
at airports frequented by
current large jets (?). The
total weight of the assembly will reach 500 tonnes at the start. The
Marshall Space Flight Center
still working on two more
projects, a cargo ship for station
orbital or lunar based on
the “Nova” rocket and a device
22,000 tonnes for 50 to 100
passengers, which would be an extrapolation of the entire delta. These
last two projects would
operational respectively in
1977 and 1980 (from Aviation
Week).
 

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Recently posted to Flickr by the San Diego Air & Space Museum (SDASM) Archives, this is a photo of a model of what is described as "Model Shuttle Concept spacecraft U.S. Air Force Silver Gray."

Any ideas of what this is? Given the SDASM connection, maybe it is connected to Convair/GD, possibly an North American Phase B Shuttle concept for a Convair B9U booster or alternative/evolution thereof?

Given the lack of any indication of payload doors, US Air Force markings and the seemingly small cockpit at the very nose of the aircraft, might this instead be an ISINGLASS or RHEINBERRY concept? (If so, or otherwise, please move to the appropriate topic.)
https://flic.kr/p/2j5WE3K
 

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Reminds me of the Blackhorse concept vehicle. However, I don't see an AAR port.
 

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Well, it has the wing-tip thruster assemblies which featured on the early versions of the Space Shuttle, and whilst I’m only eyeballing it, the engine looks like it could be a SSME. Could it be a precursor of the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle? Or the TAV?
 

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Recently posted to Flickr by the San Diego Air & Space Museum (SDASM) Archives, this is a photo of a model of what is described as "Model Shuttle Concept spacecraft U.S. Air Force Silver Gray."

Any ideas of what this is? Given the SDASM connection, maybe it is connected to Convair/GD, possibly an North American Phase B Shuttle concept for a Convair B9U booster or alternative/evolution thereof?

Given the lack of any indication of payload doors, US Air Force markings and the seemingly small cockpit at the very nose of the aircraft, might this instead be an ISINGLASS or RHEINBERRY concept? (If so, or otherwise, please move to the appropriate topic.)
https://flic.kr/p/2j5WE3K
Perhaps related to this?
 

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Absolutely interesting!
Never saw it before but it seems to share some resemblance to several TAV (Trans Atmospheric Vehicle) of mid 80's, like the Lockeed-Martin's one.

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Looks a larger version of the Space Shuttle that we all know and some would say love, does anyone know if there is any information about it? :confused:
 
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