Accession Number:

AD0605209

Title:

The Reusable Booster for Lunar Logistics and Planetary Exploration

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT CO INC SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

1964-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

This paper presents a potential solution to the economic problem of lunar logistics transportation, through the repeated application of a typical reusable booster. To obtain a realistic appraisal of payload capability and weight, a hypothetical orbital booster, which is Earth-recovered on four landing legs, is adopted as a representative lunar cargo carrier. The paper describes how, through increased rendezvous operations in Earth orbit, the reusable booster can be applied to progressively larger lunar payloaddelivery missions. The vehicle systems aspects are investigated, with emphasis placed on the propulsion requirements. After presenting a number of speculative engine module configurations and identifying the major propulsive problem areas for a mission to orbit and return, the paper discusses the problems related to buildup of a hypothetical lunar base, supplied by the typical reusable booster.

Subject Categories:

  • Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE