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GE Life Raft
GE Life Raft - General Electric Life Raft 3-crew orbital escape system of the 1960's

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Other Designations: General Electric Life Raft. Class: Manned. Type: Bailout. Nation: USA. Manufacturer: General Electric.

The GE Life raft was a rigid unpressurized aeroshell. Three crew in space suits with parachutes would strap themselves into the seats. A headup display was provided for manually alligning the raft for retrofire, which was accomplished using a cold gas reaction control system. The aeroshell itself consisted of new non-ablative materials with a foam core. Mass per crew: 80 kg.


Craft.Crew Size: 3. Total Length: 1.8 m. Maximum Diameter: 3.0 m. Total Mass: 420 kg. Main Engine Propellants: Solid.


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