Big G

Big G 3728This was a large version of Gemini, mostly by taking the basic capsule and adding a large extended capsule and adaptor. It would be launched by a Saturn or possibly Titan III vehicle. See http://aviationarchives.blogspot.com/2015/03/gemini-big-g.html for photos of a full scale mock-up. Photos of scale models are dated 1967.

My questions are:

  • When did the idea originate?
  • Were any Big G studies funded?
  • While most info I have suggests NASA (space workshops) were the intended use, were there military applications?

Fantastic Plastic has a very nice resin kit of this variant, which is pretty large in 1/48th scale. Here are some photos.

A standard NASA Gemini compared to Big G