Super Spacex collector Paul Vreede continues his journey into its origins, tonight he looks at the Booster Rocket:
Here's a picture of my Spacex Booster Rocket - missing two of
its fuel tanks unfortunately. It's another Spacex craft with a real "scientist
inspired" origin, although the SWORD Booster Rocket is its direct ancestor of
The scientists in this case I believe worked for the Missile and
Space Division of General Electric. The Booster Rocket was their proposal for a
nuclear-powered spacecraft intended for a Mars mission in the early 1970s.
Nyrath, one of your Project Sword forum members, has a series of photographs
of a model demonstrating the various mission stages.
He tells me the book
those pictures are from was written by Dandridge Cole, who I found was a space
engineer at General Electric amongst other things. This tallies with another
reference I found for those pictures stemming from GE.
I have a book called
Man and Space, published 1962 by Arthur C Clarke and the editors of Life , and
in that is this fine painting by Ed Valigursky as well as a sequence of
illustrations also describing the mission.FAB Paul!