Friday, October 4, 2019

McDonnell Winged Gemini Report

  A copy of McDonnell Aircraft report E045, dated 10 September 1965 on the Winged Gemini proposal. Credit: Mike Eastman, cleaned up PDF by Aviation Archives

“Another Gemini alternative landing concept was the US Air Force's proposal to attach wings to the spacecraft. This proposal arose soon after the cancellation of the X-20 Dyna-Soar, and would have seen a Gemini spacecraft attached to a set of wings developed during the ASSET program. This would have been launched by a Titan II rocket, and would have been unable to maneuver in orbit. Another proposal saw the spacecraft being launched by a Titan IIIA or IIIC, using the Transtage for maneuvering. Once the mission was complete, the spacecraft would have been deorbited by means of five solid rocket motors.” Wikipedia

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