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NASA's Project Constellation, The New CEV

Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:16 am

The latest on NASA's new direction for human spaceflight...


Sounds like a promising concept and new direction for the agency but it could easily get whittled away to nothing in the usual congressional budget shenanigans. Well, I'll cross my fingers for it anyway. I still think it may be a mistake to completely retire the shuttle, which could be flown autonomously without a crew and used as a logistical support vehicle to ferry sections of a manned lunar or Mars transit vehicle into orbit for assembly, mitigating the need for many expendable ocket launches to complete the same task. Stripped of all of its' crew furnishings and life support, the shuttle could haul even more poundage to orbit than currently. If a shuttle was damaged in a Columbia style accident, it could be deorbited safely.
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RE: NASA's Project Constellation, The New CEV

Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:34 am

Quoting the article:

NASA plans to decide whether it will need a new Saturn V-class heavy-lift rocket to boost the CEV in 2008-2009. Such a rocket could be derived from the space shuttle's launch stack, according to NASA.

Oh God, no. I hope not.

I say roll out the Saturn V blueprints and make some appropriate changes...buld a new set of pads...and go from there.

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RE: NASA's Project Constellation, The New CEV

Fri Feb 06, 2004 10:24 am

The problem with reintroducing the Saturn V is that it's old technology and it would cost too much just to restablish production, let alone updating it. The shuttle-based heavy-lifter would use components still IN production and updates could be done as running changes with the existing design. Too bad, though that Russia's massive Energia booster is no longer made; that was even more powerful than the Saturn V; buying some of those would help fill the bill, if they were still around.

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