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American winged orbital launch vehicle. The Recoverable Booster Space System was a plan circulated in the early 1960's to use the XB-70 as a recoverable supersonic first stage for a range of systems. The XB-70 would be capable of orbiting a 6800 kg payload, or an X-20 manned space glider.

LEO Payload: 6,800 kg (14,900 lb) to a 160 km orbit at 90.00 degrees.

AKA: Recoverable Booster Space System.
Status: Study 1962.
Gross mass: 230,000 kg (500,000 lb).
Payload: 6,800 kg (14,900 lb).
Height: 56.40 m (185.00 ft).
Diameter: 9.14 m (29.98 ft).
Span: 32.01 m (105.01 ft).
Thrust: 519.00 kN (116,675 lbf).
Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • Dynasoar American manned spaceplane. Cancelled 1963. The X-20A Dyna-Soar (Dynamic Soarer) was a single-pilot manned reusable spaceplane, really the earliest American manned space project to result in development contracts. More...

See also
  • Winged In the beginning, nobody (except Jules Verne) thought anybody would be travelling to space and back in ballistic cannon balls. The only proper way for a space voyager to return to earth was at the controls of a real winged airplane. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • North American American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. North American, Palmdale, El Segundo. Downey, CA, USA More...

  • Jenkins, Dennis R,, Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System : The First 100 Missions, Third edition, Voyageur Press, 2001.

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