Artist's impression of Shuttle-C launch

Artist's impression of Shuttle-C launch

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Caption: Artist's impression of the launch of a Shuttle-C vehicle. Shuttle-C has been proposed as an unmanned expendible heavy-lift launcher based on existing Shuttle technology. Using the present boosters and external tank, Shuttle-C would be powered by two or three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME). This would allow a payload of between 45 tonnes and 77 tonnes to be transferred to the Freedom Space Station, or 9 tonnes into geostationary orbit with the Centaur upper stage. Shuttle-C could also be used as a low-risk platform for testing new SSME designs and the proposed Advanced Solid Rocket Booster.

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Keywords: launcher, manned spaceflight, programme, shuttle program, shuttle-c, space, space shuttle derivatives

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