Jul 302014

Found on the back of a 1963 issue of “Space World” magazine was this piece of artwork depicting an unusual – and perhaps fanciful – spacecraft. The same artwork had appeared earlier – at least as far back as 1961 – in a magazine ad for the Garrett AiResearch corporation. The artwork was thus *probably* created in-house at Garrett. Since Garrett was a manufacturer of turboprop engines and electronics, not an aircraft or spacecraft design firm, this is unlikely to have been a serious engineering effort. Still, it’s interesting to see what level of *apparent* effort the PR divisions of numerous companies went to back in the glory days of the Space Age.




 Posted by at 7:24 am
  • George Allegrezza

    A great book that touches on the advertising artwork of this period, both fantastic and realistic, is “Another Science Fiction” by Megan Prelinger.

  • Anonymous

    What, powerpoint “art” isn’t good enough?

  • Bob

    Looks like a scene from the old Men Into Space series.

  • Cambias

    It looks like an American Soyuz. Was the cockpit/reentry capsule supposed to be a lifting body, perhaps?

    • Chris Jones

      I’m guessing the whole thing is a piece of art with not much real engineering behind it. I doubt if the idea of a lifting body even crossed their mind. I don’t understand “reentry turbine”, but it seems like there’s cryogenic propellant (so, at least LOX) for reentry, which NO ONE has ever used for reentry or for orbital maneuvering systems (as opposed for major propulsive maneuvers like trans-lunar injection). It looks like the crew in the rear compartment are in shirt sleeves while the guy in front is possibly in a sealed pressure suit. Even so, I can’t spot a hatch the guy outside could have used to exit or reenter the spacecraft.

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  • XBradTC

    Garrett bid on the environmental controls for Apollo. I can’t recall if they won or not, but basically everyone in aerospace bid on one part or another of the program.