Accession Number:

AD0729770

Title:

The Space Shuttle as an Element in the National Space Program

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

1970-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE