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AACB Class 1
Part of AACB Family
American winged orbital launch vehicle. In 1965-1966 NASA and the Department of Defense jointly studied two-stage-to-orbit reusable launch vehicles as a follow-on to existing expendable launchers. Following review of the three classes of alternative approaches, it was recommended that the immediate goal of the United States should be development of a partially reusable 'Class I' launch vehicle, which could be available by 1975 and would be competitive with existing expendable boosters. A fully reusable vehicle should only be pursued at a later date.

Status: Study 1966. Payload: 8,000 kg (17,600 lb). Gross mass: 395,986 kg (872,999 lb).

LEO Payload: 8,000 kg (17,600 lb). Development Cost $: 2,000.000 million. Launch Price $: 14.000 million in 1966 dollars in 1966 dollars.



Family: orbital launch vehicle, Winged. Country: USA. Agency: USAF. Bibliography: 44.

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