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Convair Project 7969
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Project 7969 Designs
Project 7969 Designs
Project 7969 ballistic designs. From left: Lockheed; Martin; Aeronutronics; Goodyear; McDonnell; Convair
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American manned spacecraft. Study 1958. Convair's proposal for the Air Force initial manned space project involved a large-scale manned space station. When pressed, they indicated that a minimum vehicle - a 450 kg, 1.

Status: Study 1958. Gross mass: 450 kg (990 lb). Height: 1.52 m (4.98 ft).

6 m diameter sphere - could be launched by an Atlas within a year.

The spacecraft would be boosted by an Atlas Hustler booster into a 270 km orbit. Deorbit would be accomplished by retrorocket. The spacecraft had a ballistic coefficient (m/CdA) of 250 kg per square meter. It was expected that a first manned orbital flight could be achieved 12 months after a go-ahead.



Family: Manned spacecraft. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Atlas, Atlas Agena A. Agency: USAF, Convair. Bibliography: 26, 483, 59.

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