Rockwell C-1057: The ‘Breadbox’ Space Shuttle Concept That Redefined Spacecraft Design in the 1970s

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Rockwell C-1057
Rockwell C-1057

In the 1970s, during the heyday of innovation in the space program, Rockwell International, a leading name in aerospace, came up with an unconventional design for a space shuttle.

This concept, known as the Rockwell C-1057, was the brainchild of engineer Harry Scott. Unlike the traditional space shuttle design, the C-1057 resembled a cargo bay turned on its side.

This unique approach aimed to create a shorter, yet functional, spacecraft for ferrying cargo into orbit.

Rockwell C-1057
Rockwell C-1057 (Hazegrayart)

Revealed in 1972 by North American Rockwell, the Rockwell C-1057 was a proposed reusable spacecraft that captured imaginations with its unconventional, boxy design, earning it the nickname “breadbox.”

Despite remaining a concept, the C-1057 continues to intrigue aerospace enthusiasts with its unique features and theoretical advantages. The design aimed to minimize the craft’s whole length while preserving cargo space, a significant consideration for future space missions.

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By Jayson O'Neil

Jayson is a car-o-holic, and you will often find him writing about cars & bikes here at DaxStreet. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

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