Saturn SSTO

Discussion in 'Space & Aeronautics' started by Dyna-Soar, May 18, 2010.

  1. Dyna-Soar

    Dyna-Soar Member

    This model is loosley inspired by the McDonnell Douglas SASSTO Concept and a model by Mike Robel. It's made out of cardstock and wood, utilising components from Ton Noteboom's Saturn V. It's also thhe first model I built with the Huntsville Plastic Modeling Society.

    Following the discontinuation of the moon landings, NASA was looking for a reusable spacecraft that could ferry crews back and forth from LEO and use the minimum of amount of new hardware due to budget cuts and the fact the Space Shuttle program had been cancelled along with the Mars program. However, congress had approved a space station, dubbed Freedom (launched all at once by a modified Saturn V) that would serve as an orbiting laboratory (but not as a jumping off point to the moon and Mars as hoped). This search led to this odd looking contraption becoming a centerpiece of NASA's faster,better, and cheaper program. The craft consisted of a plug-nozzle equipped S-IVB and a 5 person Apollo CM (derived from the Skylab rescue ship) that was directly attached to the SLA that functioned as both a crew module and escape capsule. This model depicts Enterprise (named so because of a large number of Star Trek fans) , which was the first of these craft to fly into space on April 12, 1977.

  2. Groovin_fusion

    Groovin_fusion New Member

    very nice build
  3. Dino Josh Lee

    Dino Josh Lee New Member

    Is there an all paper model somewhere
  4. Hey, nice model! Good job. And a great rendition of what could have been but never was.
    Some additional background:
    Douglas based engineer Philip Bono was the designer of many strange looking rocketships. All stubby looking contraptions with aerospikes and some with refurbished Saturn stages. Some of them, like this thing, were meant to be reusable.
    In the beginning there was a lot of enthusiasm for Bono's work but soon it came clear he had made mistakes in his calculations in fuel economy and that they were not feasible.
    British author Ken Gatland wrote a book together with Philip Bono called "Frontiers of Space", about these SSTO's, the Gemini "capsuled" SASSTO's and other weird transport ships like Ithacus, Pegasus and Rombus. Despite of his ground breaking work, Bono seems to be largely forgotten these days.
    Just the other day I was thinking about making this SSTO one as a model. Just by using Saturn components makes this one really easy to assemble. Could you show us some shots of the aerospike?
  5. Dyna-Soar

    Dyna-Soar Member

    I'll see if I can get some shots this weekend. It's basically a truncated cone made of black cardstock.
  6. SAustin16

    SAustin16 Member

    Very cool design. Phil Bono (the Douglas rocket engineer) would be proud.

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