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LB-X
LB-X
American manned spaceplane. Study 2004. X-Prize suborbital spaceplane concept of Kelly Space & Technology, San Bernardino, California.

Status: Study 2004.

LB-X was designed by a team led by Michael Gallo of Kelly Space & Technology, San Bernardino, California. In common with other Kelly proposals, the vehicle would be air towed to launch by a 747, accelerate to outer space, then make a horizontal glide landing at any conventional runway. The vehicle was a rocket-powered delta wing glider with a liquid oxygen and kerosene liquid rocket engine. However Kelly, after conducting tow tests with an F-106 fighter, was unable to raise enough funds for development of either the LB-X or their Astroliner orbital vehicle.



Family: America's Space Prize, Spaceplane, Suborbital. Country: USA. Agency: Kelly.

1998 February 1 - .
  • Kelly demonstrates towing. - . Nation: USA. Program: X-Prize. Spacecraft Bus: X-Prize. Spacecraft: LB-X. Kelly Space & Technology (San Bernardino, CA, USA) successfully demonstrates vehicle towing..


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