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“The Early Development of the Manned Orbiting Lab” by Michael J. Mackowski
Published in Quest Volume: 31 #2 (2024)

Abstract

As early as the late 1950s, the US Air Force (USAF) was studying how to best utilize the new domain of spaceflight. They quickly realized short duration missions with small space capsules would not provide the answers they needed, so larger platforms were investigated. This article attempts to review the evolution of the physical configuration of these early military space platform studies. A critical point that is addressed is determining when the studies transitioned from a generic space research laboratory to an operational reconnaissance platform that became known as the Manned Orbiting Laboratory.


Citation

Mackowski, Michael J. “The Early Development of the Manned Orbiting Lab.” Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly 31, no. 2 (2024): 3-16.

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  • Archive ID # G301341
  • Format: Document (PDF)
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  • Publication Year: 2024
  • Publisher: Quest
  • Copyright Status: Copyrighted
  • Copyright Holder: SPACE 3.0
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 14
  • Type: History
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  • Collection: Quest
  • Availability: Digital Download

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