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XB-70: Use As A First-Stage

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Some time ago, one of the threads on here delved into the topic of the XB-70 used as a recoverable booster (a.k.a.-the RBSS)

On that thread a link provides has an image of the XB-70 RBSS: http://www.strange-mecha.com/aircraft/Prototype/USAF-PB1.htm

So a few weeks ago I see Valkyrie, by Dennis R Jenkins and Tony Landis at Barnes and Noble. In it is some proposal art work from early in that program showing the XB-70's use a first stage. The book said this proposal dated from Feb. 1966.

Not having the funding for that book (school supplies aren't cheap), I broke out a pencil and my trusty notebook and got sketching as best as i could. I later went in and redid the drawings in ink. Bear with me. They are hand-drawn.

The first image describes the XB-70 launching an "Agena" though the booster is of a strange triple-barrel design I'd never seen before.

The second image is the XB-70 launching a Gemini capsule (plus an adapter of some kind), and what looked to me like another triple or a double-barrel booster stage.

The third is of the the XB-70 releasing a Minuteman ICBM modified with a 3-fin tail cone. The note about the launch cradle is my own addition.

And just for kicks I'm throwing in the RBSS artwork from strange-mecha.com because of it's similarity to the images I saw in the Jenkins/Landis book.

Moonbat

PS- I erroneously wrote at the top of my notes that the book was by Steve Pace.
 

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thanks for posting this moonbat, i was wondering what you were referencing in the other thread!
 

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My bad :D. Here's that XB-70 thread from a while back.

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,5310.0/highlight,xb-70+rbss.html

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From XB-70 Valkyrie by Graham Simons
 

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Now if I could just find the exact report this came from, with all the launch concepts together.
 

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The latest issue of US Launch Vehicle Projects (#3) includes the B-70/Gemini launcher. This is a provisional reconstruction based on a high-rez version of the painting. See here:
http://www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com/blog/?p=2502
 

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since we have a XB-70 thread in Postwar aircraft Project
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,5310.0/highlight,xb-70+rbss.html

and this here is About launch rockets or Space planes from B-70
what about to move it to Space Projects ?

had we already look into XB-70 as launch platform for X-15 ?
 

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Early Christmas present, with many thanks to the great Tony Landis
 

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XP67_Moonbat said:
Early Christmas present, with many thanks to the great Tony Landis

Wow,happy new year my dear XP67_Moonbat.
 

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XP67_Moonbat said:
Early Christmas present, with many thanks to the great Tony Landis

Excellent gift!!

Thanks a lot Santa XP67 and Happy XMas to you!!
 

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Thanks so much XP67-Moonbat - LOVE IT! Happy Holidays to you all of other SPF members. -SP
 

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https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/128712737@N03/sets/72157654395157503/
 

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