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Apollo and Skylab: Lunar Module was redesigned as a killer satellite says space expert

7 Mar 2014, 11:35 UTC
Apollo and Skylab: Lunar Module was redesigned as a killer satellite says space expert
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During a lecture at the British Interplanetary Society, London, in February, the space writer and former space engineer, Dr David Baker, who worked on NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and Skylab projects, revealed that the Apollo landng module that put man on …

As a hint of its capabilities in other roles, the Apollo Lunar Module was test flown in orbit around the Earth on the Apollo 9 mission. Courtesy: NASA
During a lecture at the British Interplanetary Society, London, in February, the space writer and former space engineer, Dr David Baker, who worked on NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and Skylab projects, revealed that the Apollo landng module that put man on the moon, was also planned to have more deadly application. Baker explained that as part of a programme to develop Apollo hardware to have other uses, the Apollo landing/Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) had been redesigned as a “killer satellite” able to intercept spacecraft and then destroy them with a machine-gun cannon aboard. In the end that project came to nothing, though Dr Baker noted that the detailed designs still exist, though they have not yet been published in the public domain.
Such was its performance that Baker noted that NASA ...

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