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Return of Shuttle-C?

July 15, 2009

For those of you who don’t remember, back during the development and early implementation of the Shuttle a cargo version was proposed, commonly referred to as Shuttle-C. It was based on the Orbiter with no wings and no crew cabin – a shell with cargo doors and shuttle main engines.

One of the groups that made a presentation at the Second Augustine Commission meeting in June proposed a similar system (shown above), but one that even would allow for human “cargo” – side-mounting the Orion capsule system on top of and enclosed by one of these Shuttle-C vehicles.

It’s a pretty presentation. I don’t know if it is a better idea than the others. Personally, I tend to like the DirectLauncher concept, but that just makes sense to me visually. It may have no basis in engineering reality!

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One comment

  1. Wow that animation is amazing. How would they get the SSMEs back after the launch?



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