|Manufacturer||British Aircraft Corporation / English Electric|
|Country of origin||UK|
|Height||118 feet 0 inches (35.97 m)|
|Diameter||13 feet 1 inch (3.99 m)|
|Mass||424,270 kilograms (935,360 lb)|
|Thrust||162,963 kilograms (359,272 lb)|
|Burn time||215 seconds|
The Multi-Unit Space Transport And Recovery Device or MUSTARD was a concept explored by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) around 1968 for launching payloads weighing as much as 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) into orbit.
The project started life under English Electric; English Electric's aerospace activities merged later with other firms to become BAC. For one year, collaborative work was done at Edwards Air Base. Once this collaborative work was over, three American prototype similar-looking aircraft appeared at Edwards Air Base. The Space Shuttle would later have a comparative design, and function.[dubious ]
The units would be stacked for launch, and two of them would act as boosters to launch the third into Earth orbit. The booster units would feed any excess fuel to the unit which was to be the spacecraft. At 150,000 to 200,000 ft. (45,750 to 60,960 m), at around 30 nautical miles, the booster units would separate and land like aircraft.
The spacecraft would place its payload into orbit at around 1000 nautical miles, after 10 minutes from launch, and then return in a like manner.
- Encyclopedia Astronautica - Mustard
- Unreal Aircraft - Weird Wings - BAC MUSTARD
- MUSTARD scale model (white one in display case backside)
- ^ same as above ^ (See also Martin Marietta Spacemaster)
- Economist, June 21, 2013, Thunderbirds are gone: A British defence firm opens its archives to reveal flights of fancy that never flew
- MUSTARD at BAE Systems