A look back at Recoverable Rocket Boosters
North American Aviation- Propellants On Board At Take Off concept. Under the Aerospaceplane Development Planning Studies program, North American received $500,000 to study the POBATO concept. The two-stage POBATO made use of 8 turbo-ramjet engines on the modified lifting body first stage with the entire external structure made of metallic honeycomb sandwich material for reusability.

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