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Northrop LBEC
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Northrop LBEC
Northrop LBEC
Northrop Lifting Body Escape Concept - 3 crew - an ancestor of the X-38.
American manned rescue spacecraft. Study 1976. Northrop, building on its work on the HL-10 and M2-F3 lifting bodies, proposed a lifting body three-crew lifeboat. The piloted spacecraft would use a parasail for recovery.

AKA: Lifting Body Escape Concept. Status: Study 1976. Gross mass: 1,950 kg (4,290 lb). Height: 5.80 m (19.00 ft). Span: 3.50 m (11.40 ft).

A crew of three would be accommodated in a pressurized cabin. The pilot would be required to actively control the spacecraft for retrofire, re-entry, and landing. Development of new heat shield materials would be required. In this Northrop proposal can be seen the same approach used in the X-38 a quarter of a century later. Mass per crew 650 kg.

Crew Size: 3.



Family: Space station orbit. Country: USA. Propellants: Solid. Agency: Northrop. Bibliography: 419.

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