|In this design, the shuttle remains attached to the rocket until reaching apogee. It then detaches and ejects for a spiraling glide path return to the Earth and a soft landing. The rocket returns by parachute and is recovered for reuse.|
SPACE1 ROCKET SHUTTLE
Space1's rocket program continues with the design and development of a rocket shuttle to return astronauts safely to the Earth.
|Shuttle separate from rocket|
In the second design, the shuttle is at the top of the rocket, the rocket falls away and returns by parachute, and the space rocket shuttle returns to the Earth by active steerable gliding.
The third design, the space rocket shuttle is attached to the side of the rocket and detaches for the return trip. All three designs are under study with scale models to determine flight behaviors and sequences.
To maintain balance in the former design, two shuttles attach to opposing sides and simultaneously return to the Earth at apogee.