Jun 162014
 

At last: Aerospace Projects Review issue V3N4 is available. This issue has 128 pages. The main article focuses on the Boeing Model 844-2050E, the final, almost-built version of the X-20 Dyna Soar spaceplane. Included are not only detailed diagrams showing the design and construction of the spaceplane, but also drawings and information on proposed operational versions, including passenger ferries, satellite inspectors/interceptors, even nuclear bomber versions.

Also included are a large number of all-new diagrams that finally show the Dyna Soar atop the Titan IIIC accurately and in detail, along with proposed variants, variant launch systems and suggested space stations.

An article by Bill Slayton on the Lockheed CL-295 design series. This was a series of tailsitter VTOL fighters including designs derived from the F-104 as well as wholly new designs.

The third article is on the McDonnell F-4(FVS),a mid-1960’s concept to replace the low-mounted fixed wing of the F-4 Phantom II with an all-new variable geometry “swing wing.” The story goes from the F-4(FVS) in its numerous incarnations through the Model 225, McDonnell-Douglas’ entry into the 1968 US Navy VFX contest which resulted in the F-14.

Also, Aerospace History Nuggets on the US Navy SCAT VTOL and the Republic Aircraft RAC-730 SSTO aerospaceplane.

23 megabyte PDF file

 

Here’s the complete issue V3N4 layout:

It is available in three formats. Firstly, it can be downloaded directly from me for the low, low price of $10.00. Second, it can be purchased as a professionally printed volume through Magcloud; third, it can be procured in both formats. To get the download, simply pay for it here through paypal.

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To get the printed version (or print + PDF version), visit my MagCloud page:

http://scottlowther.magcloud.com/

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Also available: the V3N4 Addendum. This contains 49 pages formatted for 11X17. Includes larger and improved versions of all the CAD diagrams produced for V3N4, as well as larger versions of some of the illustrations from the X-20 and F-4(FVS) articles (as well as a number of illustrations that did not appear in the X-20 article):

The V3N4 Addendum can be downloaded for only $4.00!
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 Posted by at 5:18 pm
  • Herp McDerp

    It’s time like this that I hope there is a hell … so that son of a bitch Robert Strange McNamara can be tortured for all eternity.

    • se jones

      Far be it for me to stand up for Bob McNamara, but any Defense Secretary would have cancelled X-20 & MOL.
      Manned DOD spaceflight was doomed by the spectacular success of the Corona recon s/c and their follow-ons. These programs were born of the momentum from the 1950s era enthusiasm for military space adventures, but in the end there was no realistic justification.
      X-20 derivative s/c are fun to think about, but the hot airframe and vehicle systems were just not suitable for anything but very narrow flight test objectives. Even the flight test data was rendered moot by CFD in the early ’70s.

      • Anonymous

        Much as I hate to admit it, by the time Dyna Soar was cancelled, pretty much everything it was hoped to do would have been easier and cheaper to do with something else. However, i still think they should have plowed ahead and built it anyway. Had they done so, and made a *real* effort at using DS as some sort of operational space access vehicle, one of two things would have happened:
        1) They would have pulled it off, a decade and a half before Shuttle. Shuttle would thus have benefited from the lessons of DS.
        2) They would *not* have pulled it off, and thus SHuttle would have benefited from the lessons of DS.

        • Anonymous

          And Mac would have been proven wrong long before that actually came to pass. Would have uncongested aviation procurement tout suite, and we’d never have heard “There isn’t enough thrust in Christendom” or something like it.

      • Anonymous

        Oh but that is but the tip of the iceberg of the McNamara follies.

        • Herp McDerp

          No argument from me against that statement!

      • Herp McDerp

        One of McNamara’s many follies was his tendency to put all of our eggs in one untested basket. Hence cancellation of DynaSoar as “redundant.” (And hence TFX, the one aircraft that would do everything.) But since Bob was one of the Best and the Brightest, he knew that theory trumped reality … therefore we would never need another method of access to space and could rely on NASA as the sole provider of manned space missions.

        • se jones

          Um, eah, err…wha?
          Corona program and CFD advances rendered X-20 superfluous, unjustified.
          What has X-20 got to do with TFX?
          X-20 was never about access to space, it was a very narrow purpose test craft going up on an expensive LV, “access to space” does not enter the picture.

          TFX, mother of F-35, the eater of programs, budgets and respect for the present day Secretary and guy before him.

  • Phil

    I’ve only skimmed the article at this point. I enjoyed the comment about the problems with fluorine and rocket engines.

    Maybe the article covers this and I didn’t see it, but how reliable would have been an autopilot have been in those days? The first two missions would have been unmanned. One reason STS-1 was manned was we didn’t have that much faith in an autopilot. But if the X-20 had been used as a space station transport, a reliable autopilot would have been essential because you probably couldn’t expect someone who’d been in space for a long time to pilot an X-20 to a landing, even if he had been exercising like crazy.

    • Anonymous

      > ow reliable would have been an autopilot have been in those days?

      To get from A to B? Probably fairly so. To *land* at B? Not so good. DS would almost certainly have had some remote assistance.

      As for the ferry: I don’t know why a pilot wouldn’t be able to land a DS after a few weeks, when Shuttle pilotcertainly could.

      • Phil

        A few weeks shouldn’t have been a problem. If I recall correctly, the longest Shuttle flight lasted 18 days, and again, IIRC, I read at the time there was concern that a pilot’s reaction time would suffer after being in space 21 or 22 days. What about a pilot de-conditioned by several months in space? Unless the autopilot or remote assistance was very reliable, a ballistic vehicle like an Apollo or Soyuz might be better as a space station lifeboat than a glider.

        If you didn’t have to fly the vehicle, I a glider should be much more comfortable than a ballistic vehicle. I don’t know the maximum Gs a Soyuz crew experiences upon return, but I think the Shuttle crews experienced 1.5 Gs. During the STS-6 return, Story Musgrave stood up. He said he was thinking that during an emergency an astronaut might have to go to the mid deck and operate some circuit breakers or something, and he wanted to see if he could stand up.

        • Anonymous

          It’s not clear that the “rescue” Dyna Soar would be a permanent fixture on a station. It seems to have been an idea for something that would be a plug-in that could be slapped into a Dyna Soar at the launch site and launched on short notice. Practical? Perhaps not. But in the early 60’s, a lot of things were thought to be feasible. Keep in mind, the same group though it should be practical to keep Titan III’s in silos to launch at a moments notice in the event of WWIII.

          • Anonymous

            And while it wasn’t a TIII Dad spent his 3 years of active duty post-ROTC in a wet concrete hole in the wheat fields of Kansas tending a TII, where I had the eternal disability to be born (state of nativity is somewhat of a political football here in Vermont, even though I was relocated to VT at 18 months).

            Do you have any interest in the TII silo ops manual? I know where I can find one to shuck in a scanner (at least the last time I perused that bit of the natal home’s bookshelves). IIRC the shelf also includes the ’62 version of Effects of Nuclear Weapons complete with the spinny bits. Again, not seen in many years, but it was there at some time.

            Sure hope he still has these things.

          • Anonymous

            > Do you have any interest in the TII silo ops manual?

            Hell, son, who wouldn’t?

  • kbob42

    I am not seeing the issue in Magcloud.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, sorry, not yet available. I’ll try to have it up and running in a couple days.

      I didn’t think there was really much interest in the MagCloud versions these days…

      • kbob42

        They look nice on the bookshelf, and I sometimes prefer the feel of dead trees.

        • Anonymous

          There might be a delay. I’d forgotten what an indescribable *joy* it is trying to hammer one of my issues into MagCloud. Basically, i’ll ahve to completely reformat the entire freakin’ issue.

          Bah.

  • Jon Risque

    Wheres V3N4 on Mag? Do they offer bigger versions like your 11″x17″

    • Anonymous

      > Wheres V3N4 on Mag?

      It’s there now.

      > Do they offer bigger versions like your 11″x17″

      They do a 17X11 (spiral bound along the 17″ edge).

      • Jon Risque

        Do you make more printing your own 11″x17″ or magcloud? I’d rather have the binding along the 11″,

        • Anonymous

          > Do you make more printing your own 11″x17″ or magcloud?

          Apart from a few very limited runs, I’ve not done much with 11X17, but MagCloud charges a *lot* relatively. One of these days I might print up some of the Addendums and bind them with the old-school pressboard report covers. Printing it myself gives much more control over the process. While the paper isn’t as slick and shiny, the print quality is little better, I think.

      • se jones

        rare picture of X-20 pilot stopping off for some Blackjack, hookers and a gravity break.

        • Anonymous

          Well, blackjack and hookers *without* gravity probably wouldn’t work so well. Like pretty much everything else.

  • se jones

    Did you say something about your making a pattern for a new 1/72 X-20 with Trans-stage for FP?
    Or, is that just my wishful thinking?

    • Anonymous

      1/48 scale, in point of fact. The 1/48 MOL CAD model parts have been finalized and transferred to the 3d printer as of about an hour ago; the X-20 is next up. It’s mostly there, but I need to turn it into a proper “kit” and add a whole bunch of internal details.

      • se jones

        Then I may be forced to do a 1/48th X-15 to keep it company.
        I can live with that.

      • se jones

        So what’s to prevent you from scaling it down to 1/100 scale to go with the MPC Titan III stack back on the market now? Are you required to hand over all fines to FP?

        • Anonymous

          > what’s to prevent you from scaling it down to 1/100 scale

          Nothing. And considering that that’s actually the plan…

  • Michel Van

    Scott Lowther manage it again,
    New unseen data and picture on Dyna-Soar program (big THX from me)

    if you got the Dyna Soar book from Apogee Book,
    you need to buy Aerospace Projects Review issue V3N4, to be complete !