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Big Gemini (or "Big G") was proposed to
NASAby McDonnell Douglasin August, 1969, as an advanced version of the Gemini spacecraft system. It was intended to provide large-capacity, all-purpose access to space, including missions that ultimately used Apollo or the Space Shuttle.
The study was performed to generate a preliminary definition of a logistic
spacecraftderived from Gemini that would be used to resupply an orbiting space station. Land-landing at a preselected site and refurbishment and reuse were design requirements. Two baseline spacecraft were defined: a nine-man minimum modification version of the Gemini Bcalled "Min-Mod Big G" and a 12-man advanced concept, having the same exterior geometrybut with new, state-of-the-art subsystems, called "Advanced Big G". Three launch vehicles- Saturn IB, Titan IIIM, and S-IC/ S-IVBwere investigated for use with the spacecraft. The Saturn IB was discarded late in the study.
The spacecraft consisted of a crew module designed by extending the Gemini B exterior cone to a 419-cm-diameter
heat shieldand a cargo propulsion module. Recovery of the crew module would be effected by means of a gliding parachute ( parawing). The parametric analysis and point design of the parawing were accomplished by Northrop- Ventura Company under a subcontract, and the contents of their final report were incorporated into the document. The landing attenuation of the spacecraft would be accomplished by a skid landing gear extended from the bottom of the crew module, allowing the crew to land in an upright position. The propulsion functions of transfer, rendezvous, attitude control, and retrograde would be performed by a single liquid propellantsystem, and launch escape would be provided by a large Apollo-type launch escape system.
In addition to the design analysis, operational support analysis and a program development plan were prepared.
*Crew size: 9 to 12
*Length: 11.5 m.
*Maximum diameter: 4.27 m.
*Habitable volume: 18.7 m³
*Mass: 15,590 kg
*Payload: 2,500 kg
*Launch vehicles: Titan 3M, Saturn IB, Saturn S-IC/S-IVB.
Manned Orbital Laboratory
Titan (rocket family)
* [http://www.astronautix.com/craft/bigemini.htm Big Gemini - Encyclopedia Astronautica]
* [http://history.nasa.gov/series95.html NASA History Series Publications]
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