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ENCAP - ENCAP personal orbital escape system of the 1960's

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Class: Manned. Type: Bailout. Nation: USA.

The ENCAP encapsulated bailout-from-orbit concept consisted of of a folded heat shield. The astronaut would exit his stranded spacecraft and strap into the seat. Then a gas-powered deployment system would unfold and rigidize the rib structure of the heat shield. The ENCAP was equipped with a parachute for recovery after re-entry. Mass per crew: 266 kg.


Craft.Crew Size: 1. Total Length: 1.4 m. Maximum Diameter: 2.4 m. Total Mass: 266 kg. Main Engine Propellants: Solid.


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