Original NASA Space Shuttle concept that depicts a two-stage vehicle with the reliability and versatility of a commercial airliner. Their post-Apollo plans were to develop a fully reusable vehicle able to support a 12-person crew by 1975; subsequent stations would hold up to 50, then 100 people.
Unfortunately, such concepts were extremely expensive to develop, as some of the problems with such a craft took longer than expected to try to solve. NASA was forced to settle for a less efficient, smaller, design.
A model of a Gemini-serviced Skylab-esque space station, based off of the S-IV stage instead of the S-IVB, as you can see. Considering the astronauts that had the chance to fly a Gemini, this station would’ve been even more of a blast than Skylab.
Art of the proposed Hermes spacecraft, now cancelled. I’ve always wondered why the main body of the spacecraft was always depicted as being two-toned like that. Anyone got any ideas?
Space Shuttle Enterprise sits on Vandenburg’s Space Shuttle launch pad for fitment tests. Space Shuttle Discovery was scheduled to have Vandenburg, California as it’s home port. However, after the Challenger disaster, the decision was reversed and all orbiters remained at Kennedy Space Center.