boost-glide vehicle

boost-glide vehicle

[¦büst ¦glīd ′vē·ə·kəl]
(aerospace engineering)
An air vehicle capable of aerodynamic lift which is projected to an extreme altitude by reaction propulsion and then coasts down with little or no propulsion, gliding to increase its range when it reenters the sensible atmosphere.
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Of note in his summary of the 11 alternatives was the absence of Boeing's DYNA-SOAR boost-glide vehicle, which was already well underway, but whose schedule did not fall within the bounds of attaining early human spaceflight.
Originally designed for one purpose as a boost-glide vehicle, circumstances forced it into regimes it was not well suited to operate as a satelloid, which was a major part of the projects undoing.
The MISS project alternatives grouped into three basic categories: ballistic vehicles, boost-glide vehicles and satelloids.
The second alternative path comprised boost-glide vehicles, including LeMay's favorite, DYNA-SOAR, undergoing initial source selection at that time.