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Rombus SSTO - Rombus SSTO Launch Vehicle

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Family: VTOVL. Country: USA. Status: Study 1965. Other Designations: Reusable Orbital Module-Booster & Utility Shuttle.

Bono original design for ballistic single-stage-to-orbit (not quite - it dropped liquid hydrogen tanks on the way up) heavy lift launch vehicle. The recoverable vehicle would re-enter, using its actively-cooled plug nozzle as a heat shield.


Specifications

LEO Payload: 450,000 kg. to: 185 km Orbit. at: 28.0 degrees. Liftoff Thrust: 8,134,200 kgf. Total Mass: 6,363,000 kg. Core Diameter: 24.0 m. Total Length: 29.0 m. Launch Price $: 25.00 million. in 1965 price dollars. Cost comments: Reflight price -$ 25 per pound - after twenty flights. Bono expected the cost per flight to drop to $ 10 per pound ($ 10 million per flight) after 100 re-uses!.



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