The Space Shuttle as an Element in the National Space Program
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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An examination is made of the economic justification and potential funding problems of the space transportation system STS recommended for development by the Presidents Space Task Group in September 1969. The concept of a two-stage, fully reusable launch vehicle that can place a 40,000 to 50, 0000-lb payload into low earth polar orbit is currently being studied for possible inclusion in future STS programs. Viewed over the long term, the shuttle has definite merit, but its immediate economic justification depends on the pace that is finally adopted for the national space program.
- Unmanned Spacecraft