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Horizon Station

Horizon Space Dock

Horizon Space Dock
Assembly and fuelling of translunar stages and spacecraft for Project Horizon in Equatorial Earth Orbit
Credit: US Army

American manned space station. Study 1959.

Status: Study 1959.

In the Project Horizon report, Wernher von Braun, then with the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, advanced a theory that he had conceived years earlier for using a booster's spent stage as a space station's basic structure. This later evolved into the "wet stage" concept for the Skylab Program. Project Horizon envisioned moving quickly to an early improved station constructed from 22 upper stage shells. Prior to any expansion of lunar outpost operations, sufficient tankage would have been placed in orbit to permit construction of two or three such stations. The orbital station crew strength was approximately ten; however, the crew would be rotated every several months.



Family: Space station, USA - Space Stations. People: von Braun. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Saturn I.

1959 June 8 - .
  • Project Horizon report conceived years using a booster's spent stage as a space station's basic structure. - . Nation: USA. Program: Horizon. Spacecraft Bus: Horizon Station. Spacecraft: Horizon Station.

    In a Project Horizon report, Wernher von Braun, then with the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, advanced a theory that he had conceived years earlier for using a booster's spent stage as a space station's basic structure. This later evolved into the 'wet stage' concept for the Skylab Program.



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