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Family: Shuttle. Country: USA. Status: Study 1980. Other Designations: Interim Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle.

Same concept as Shuttle C. Shuttle orbiter replaced by recoverable pod with shuttle main engines and payload cannister. Quick way for US to obtain heavy payload capability and reduce shuttle cost per kg to orbit by 3 X.


LEO Payload: 77,000 kg. to: 400 km Orbit. at: 28.0 degrees. Liftoff Thrust: 2,069,940 kgf. Total Mass: 1,966,675 kg. Core Diameter: 8.7 m. Total Length: 56.0 m. Flyaway Unit Cost $: 84.97 million. in 1985 unit dollars.


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