Spiral spaceplane



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Spiral, the reusable soviet spaceplane

Description This is a model of the complete Spiral system on display. The high-speed 50-50 carrier aircraft would have returned to an airport after accelerating its combined payload to a velocity of about Mach 5-6. The actual Spiral spaceplane is mounted on top of the carrier's fuselage backed by a two-stage cylindrical rocket at its base. Spiral was a combination of aviation and rocket technology, a three-component craft made of a hypersonic booster-aircraft, a booster rocket and orbital aircraft. Similar to the American project, Dyna-soar, Spiral needed to be reusable, launchable from a variety of locations and able to be launched on short notice. Spiral was to be used for spaceborne reconnaissance, satellite inspection, and anti-satellite operations. The Spiral program lasted until September 1978 when the Soviets began designing a reusable space shuttle similar to the US space shuttle.
Source http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000185.html
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