lifting body


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lifting body

[′lift·iŋ ‚bäd·ē]
(aerospace engineering)
A maneuverable, rocket-propelled, wingless craft that can travel both in the earth's atmosphere, where its lift results from its shape, and in outer space, and that can land on the ground.

lifting body

lifting body
NASA hypersonic research vehicle.
Any body or shape of a fuselage of an aircraft that produces lift. If it is the main or chief source for lift, such a device can fly without wings. Hypersonic aircraft and spacecraft use lifting bodies.
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From 1963 to 1975, eight lifting body vehicles were flown in a joint Air Force-NASA effort at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
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The award also recognizes a number of efforts that supported the space shuttle, including the lifting body craft that gave NASA confidence to land the shuttles unpowered; working testing flight control systems used by the orbiter; the approach and landing tests of the space shuttle prototype Enterprise; and tests on thermal protection systems.
However, some Dryden researchers had been experimenting on their own with lifting body technology.
Of considerable interest to the crew, Jackson explained, is the ability of the lifting body to escape from a booster rocket that malfunctions on the pad or during launch.
Fritz Merkle, member of the Executive Management Board of OHB AG said, "The inherent design advantages of the Dream Chaser reusable lifting body spacecraft make it an ideal vehicle for a broad range of space applications.
Reed, a model builder and private pilot, was intrigued with the idea of a lifting body vehicle, essentially a wingless aircraft that flies from the lift generated by the flat bottom shape of its fuselage.
An X-24A lifting body makes its first powered flight.
The IXV demonstrator features advanced aerodynamics thanks to its lifting body design, which also maximizes maneuverability.
In addition to his X-15 work, Dana was a project pilot on the lifting body program, which flew several versions of the wingless vehicles and produced data that helped in development of the space shuttles.
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