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Boeing Space Rocket Concepts From ’60’s to ’70’s


The Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar (“Dynamic Soarer”) was a United States Air Force (USAF) program to develop a spaceplane that could be used for a variety of military missions, including aerial reconnaissance, bombing, space rescue, satellite maintenance, and as a space interceptor to sabotage enemy satellites.

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Boeing doublebody, winged booster, known as Model 832-40 made use of a Dyna-Soar glider as the crew module and escape capsule. Boeing 1968 study, four improved Saturn S-IC first stage stretched TO 498 inches with 6.64 million pounds propellant and 5 F-1 engines each and 4 S-II second stage with 5 J-2 engines and a payload shroud of 86.5 feet in diameter and 240 feet long for a payload of over 1 million pounds.

Boeing’s 4 Million lbs Payload Rocket (LMLV) Large Multipurpose Launch Vehicle Concept. Ten 372-inch solid motors would have resulted in a payload up to 4.2 million pounds. Boeing’s Low cost Heavy Lift Vehicle Concept VTVL SSTO RLV was part of the company’s NASA-funded Solar Powersat Studies in 1976-77. Known as “The Big Onion”


The Boeing Space Freighter was a 1970′s designed fully reusable 420 Ton Payload Rocket System to construct the Solar Power Satellite Array to beam energy down to earth. SRB-X has often been called “The single worst shuttle-derived launcher ever proposed.”