Future GIs to ride rocket troopship (Jul, 1964)
Future GIs to ride rocket troopship
Troop transport in 45 minutes to a brush-fire war anywhere in the world is proposed by Douglas Aircraft space engineers.
The 80-by-210-foot re-usable rocket shown at right would speed 17,000 m.p.h., carrying 1,200 troops and equipment. Landing upright, it would debark them by portable ramps, jet packs, and rope ladders.
It’s called ICARUS: Intercontinental Aerospace craftâ€”Range Unlimited System.