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Proj 7969 Northrop
Proj 7969 Northrop -

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Class: Manned. Type: Spacecraft. Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Manufacturer: Northrop.

Northrop's proposal for the Air Force initial manned space project was a boost-glide vehicle based on work done for the Dynasoar project. The delta wing vehicle would weigh 5,000 kg and have a hypersonic lift to drag ratio of 6.0. As with Dynasoar, a test aircraft approach was taken, with a slow build-up to orbital speed.


Total Mass: 5,000 kg.


Project 7969 DesignsProject 7969 Designs - Project 7969 designs using extensive aerodynamic maneuvering. From left: North American X-15B; Bell Dynasoar; Northrop Dynasoar; Republic Demi body; Avco maneuverable drag cone.

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