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Strutjet-powered reusable launch vehiclesMartin Marietta and Aerojet are co-investigating the feasibility and viability of reusable launch vehicle designs. We are assessing two vehicle concepts, each delivering 8000 lb to a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Both accomplish this task as a two-state system. The major difference between the two concepts is staging. The first concept, the two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) system, stages at about 16 kft/sec, allowing immediate return of the first stage to the launch site using its airbreathing propulsion system for a powered cruise flight. The second concept, the single-stage-to-orit (SSTO) system, accomplishes stage separation in a stable low earth orbit (LEO).
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Siebenhaar, A.
(Aerojet-General Corp. Sacramento, CA, United States)
Bulman, M. J.
(Aerojet-General Corp. Sacramento, CA, United States)
Sasso, S. E.
(Martin Marietta Aerospace Denver, CO., United States)
Schnackel, J. A.
(Martin Marietta Aerospace Denver, CO., United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: Pennsylvania State Univ., NASA Propulsion Engineering Research Center, Volume 2
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles And Space Vehicles
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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