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Model, Space Shuttle,Grumman/Boeing 2-Stage F-1 Flyback Booster Concept, 1:192

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

NASA studied this Grumman/Boeing concept for a partially reusable space transportation system during the Shuttle research effort in 1969-1972. This two-stage system featured two piloted fly-back vehicles, a booster and an orbiter, both using liquid propellant. The orbiter was mounted on a large external tank above the booster. Powered by five F-1 engines, the booster would carry the orbiter to a set altitude, then detach to return to base. After separation, the orbiter's engines, fed from the tank, would ignite for final ascent into orbit. Moving all the orbiter's propellants into a disposable external tank made the orbiter smaller and lighter-weight. NASA transferred a variety of concept models to the Museum after settling on the final Space Shuttle design.

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  • Title: Model, Space Shuttle,Grumman/Boeing 2-Stage F-1 Flyback Booster Concept, 1:192
  • Physical Dimensions: 3-D: 48.3 × 21.5 × 13cm (19 × 8 7/16 × 5 1/8 in.)Overall (Booster): 11in. x 8 1/4in. (27.94 x 20.96cm)Overall (Orbiter): 7 1/4in. x 4 1/2in. (18.42 x 11.43cm)
  • External Link: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection/id/nasm_A19740733000
  • Medium: Wood, adhesive decal, paint, brass

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