|Rockwell SAVER - Rockwell SAVER personal orbital escape system of the 1960's|
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The Rockwell SAVER concept provided return of a single crew member in his ejection seat. A nosecap only the size of the seat absorbed most of the re-entry heat. The rest was dissipated through a huge inflatable baloon deployed from the seat. The concept promised a compact, lightweight solution and allowed the possibility to modulate drag and re-entry loads during re-entry by changing the size of the balloon. but requried new materials technology for the nosecap and balloon material.
Craft.Crew Size: 1. Total Length: 1.3 m. Maximum Diameter: 2.5 m.