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  SPACE.com -- NASA to Unveil Plans to Send 4 Astronauts to Moon in 2018
Once the Earth departure stage and lunar lander are safely in orbit, NASA would launch the Crew Exploration Vehicle capsule atop a new launcher built from a four-segment shuttle solid rocket booster and an upper stage powered by a single space shuttle main engine.
NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle is expected to cost $5.5 billion to develop, according to government and industry sources, and the Crew Launch Vehicle another $4.5 billion.
An unmanned version of the Crew Exploration Vehicle could be used to deliver a limited amount of cargo to the space station.
www.space.com /news/050914_nasa_cev_update.html   (0 words)

The CEV would be launched into earth orbit by the Crew Launch Vehicle, a shuttle-derived two-stage rocket consisting of a single Shuttle RSRM solid booster as the first stage and a new second stage, 5.5 m in diameter, using Lox/LH2 propellants and powered by a single SSME.
The Crew Exploration Vehicle first proposed by Lockheed was a lifting body with a total mass of 18 tonnes and a crew of four.
The final Spacehab CEV concept was a three-module spacecraft using a slightly enlarged Apollo command module for return of the crew to earth.
www.astronautix.com /craftfam/cev.htm   (2548 words)

  Orion (spacecraft) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Crew Exploration Vehicle will be capable of ferrying astronauts and scientists to the Space Station after the shuttle is retired.
The Orion CM is similar in shape to Apollo Command Module (a 70° cone) and is capable of holding four to six crew members (in comparison with a maximum of three in the smaller Apollo Command Module, although a five-man version for the never-flown Skylab Rescue was produced).
Although to date the exploration systems have received full funding and a House endorsement[26], there is a possibility that rising Shuttle return to flight costs will make funding of CEV development extremely difficult.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Crew_Exploration_Vehicle   (5291 words)

 Project Constellation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The rockets to be used for launching of the different components consist of the unmanned Ares V (for launch of the Earth Departure Stage and either the LSAM or cargo), and the manned Ares I for launch of the Orion Spacecraft.
Once the crew is secured inside of the spacecraft and all systems are cleared for launch, the solid-fueled first stage of the Ares I is ignited, at the same time the access arms are retracted.
After the crew receives approval from Houston, the four RL-10 engines on the LSAM's descent stage will fire again, and like that of Apollo LM, the crew will land their LSAM in a pre-determined landing spot that was scouted out before by unmanned spacecraft.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Project_Constellation   (3064 words)

 Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV)
CEV will serve as the central human space-transportation system within NASA's Project Constellation, a broader architecture of human and robotic space systems that will be required to ferry astronauts to the Moon and beyond.
The CEV was to be capable of supporting human life from launch on the earth surface through mission complete on earth surface during a maximum CEV crewed mission duration of 16 days.
Acceleration of the CEV program would be accomplished by deferring other elements of the Exploration Systems Research and Technology plan not required for the CEV or for the early phases of human return to the Moon.
www.globalsecurity.org /space/systems/cev.htm   (2976 words)

 Crew Exploration Vehicle:In depth discussion and analysis of design - Above Top Secret Conspiracy Community
Ultimately, CEV components will be used for deep space missions, but building something, now, that can support humans in space for years would mean that both long terms and short term goals would be delayed because we were trying to 'leapfrog' and do the long-term stuff first.
With a CEV design attached to the shuttle main computer upgrade would only ground the cev while the rest of the vehicle is used to service mission's on the calendar.
CEV would look different but this is how it would but launched into space, on top of a Saturn 5 type of rocket.
www.abovetopsecret.com /forum/thread64671/pg1   (3384 words)

 Northrop Grumman-Boeing Team Unveils Plans for Crew Exploration Vehicle | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference
CEV's crew module will have much more internal volume than the Apollo capsule, but will only be slightly heavier, due to the use of advanced structural materials and technologies that reduce the size, weight and power consumption of key subsystems.
CEV will be able to operate as an autonomous spacecraft orbiting the moon for up to six months while its crew of four descends to the lunar surface in the lunar lander.
The CEV is designed to be carried into space aboard a Shuttle-derived launch vehicle, a rocket based on the solid rocket booster technology that powers the early phases of current shuttle flights.
www.spaceref.com /news/viewpr.html?pid=18022   (1296 words)

 Crew Exploration Vehicle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
's CEV concept The Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) is NASA's proposed series of human spaceflight spacecraft, intended to replace the space shuttle system.
The proposal to create the CEV is partly a reaction to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board report and the White House's review of the American space program.
President Bush's budget request for Financial Year 2005 includes: "$428 million for Project Constellation ($6.6 billion over five years) to develop a new crew exploration vehicle." The President's budget request has not been through the budget process.
grupos.xasa.us /wiki/en/wikipedia/c/cr/crew_exploration_vehicle.html   (796 words)

 NASA's New Launch Systems May Include the Return of the Space Tug | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference
NASA planners are finalizing the configuration for the next generation cargo heavy lift launch vehicles with announcement of its basic configuration due during the week of 15 August.
Along with a CEV that carried the flight crew and their support equipment and propulsion system package, a Lunar Surface Access Module (LSAM) which was designed to undock from the CEV and take the entire crew to land upon the moon's surface.
Thus the exploration architecture that was favored in the early ESMD days would require anywhere from eight to 12 annual launches of a new family of lunar-capable space boosters, with additional launches more than likely.
www.spaceref.com /news/viewnews.html?id=1057   (4730 words)

 NASA names new crew exploration vehicle Orion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Orion is the vehicle NASA’s Constellation Program is developing to carry a new generation of explorers back to the moon and later to Mars.
In June, NASA announced the launch vehicles under development by the Constellation Program have been named Ares, a synonym for Mars.
The booster that will launch Orion will be called Ares I, and a larger heavy-lift launch vehicle will be known as Ares V. Orion will be capable of transporting cargo and up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station.
www.southgatearc.org /news/august2006/nasa_orion.htm   (411 words)

 Photo Release -- Northrop Grumman-Boeing Team Unveils Plans for Space Shuttle Successor
The CEV will be produced both as a crewed space transportation system and as an uncrewed space vehicle capable of transporting cargo to and from the International Space Station.
While similar in shape to the Apollo spacecraft that carried astronauts to the moon in the late '60s and early '70s, the new CEV is a quantum leap forward in terms of performance, reliability and on-orbit mission capability.
Crew members and ground controllers will be able to communicate with the CEV and monitor its "vital signs" remotely.
www.irconnect.com /noc/press/pages/news_releases.mhtml?d=87722   (921 words)

 Crew Exploration Vehicle
The CEV Crew Exploration Vehicle is an essential part of President Bush's Vision for Space Exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.
In 2004 many CEV ideas were proposed using the EELV (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles - the Boeing Delta IV or the Lockheed Martin Atlas V) to launch the Crew Exploration Vehicle.
Michael Griffin during his confirmation speech said that 2014 was too long to wait for the manned flight of the Crew Exploration Vehicle given that the Shuttle must be retired by 2010.
www.aerospaceguide.net /spaceexploration/crew_vehicle.html   (1441 words)

 NASA - What is the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV)?
The CEV is America’s new spacecraft for human space exploration.
It will be able to ferry crews of three astronauts (plus additional cargo) to and from the International Space Station, but has the capability to carry as many as six crew members.
Also, the new spacecraft will provide its crew with a launch escape capability, something that the space shuttle does not have which, combined with its inline design, makes the new vehicle 10 times safer than the shuttle for ascent, according to NASA engineers.
www.nasa.gov /missions/solarsystem/cev_faq.html   (0 words)

 Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Crew Exploration Vehicle given the name Orion
The long voyage of exploration to Jupiter and its many moons by the Galileo spacecraft began on October 18, 1989 with launch from Kennedy Space Center aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.
Orion is the vehicle NASA's Constellation Program is developing to carry a new generation of explorers back to the moon and later to Mars.
The Orion crew exploration vehicle is NASA's first new human spacecraft developed since the space shuttle a quarter-century earlier.
spaceflightnow.com /news/n0608/22cevorion   (977 words)

 Easterbrook   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
That, the president said, is enough to fund new the Moon probes and development of the ill-named Crew Exploration Vehicle.
That means the Crew Exploration Vehicle will cost vast sums, at least dozens of billions of dollars, to develop.
Unless the Moon-bound twenty-first-century Crew Exploration Vehicle is going to be significantly smaller than the Apollo of a generation ago--carrying just one person and no supplies--a new, very large rocket will be required.
www.tnr.com /easterbrook.mhtml?pid=1198   (677 words)

 01/11/06: NASA Refines Design For Crew Exploration Vehicle.
The CEV is a key element of the Constellation Program, which will help NASA realize the Vision for Space Exploration.
The CEV will transport up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station and up to four to and from the moon.
Requirements are based on future exploration mission needs and the desire to fly the first CEV mission as close as possible to 2010, when the space shuttle will be retired.
www.astronautics.org.uk /11-jan-2006-nasa.html   (5466 words)

 crew exploration vehicle - Info on crew exploration vehicle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Encyclopedia Entry for crew exploration vehicle Dictionary Definition of crew exploration vehicle Crew Exploration Vehicle The Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) is NASA's proposed series of human...
His efforts to accelerate development of the new Crew Exploration Vehicle and move the U.S. past the old shuttle/space station focus are right on the mark.
Crew Exploration Vehicle [Categories: NASA, Manned spacecraft] The Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) is (An independent agency of the United States government responsible for aviation and spaceflight...
www.frdvehicles.com /crewexplorationvehicle   (1091 words)

 NASA - Constellation Program: Orion Crew Vehicle
A component of the Vision for Space Exploration, Orion’s development is taking place in parallel with missions to complete the International Space Station using the space shuttle before the shuttle is retired in 2010.
A launch abort system atop the Orion capsule will be capable of pulling the spacecraft and its crew to safety in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or at any time during ascent.
An Ares V cargo launch vehicle will precede the launch of the crew vehicle, delivering to low-Earth orbit the Earth departure stage and the lunar module that will carry explorers on the last leg of the journey to the moon’s surface.
www.nasa.gov /mission_pages/constellation/orion   (0 words)

 Crew Exploration Vehicle / Constellation Systems / Exploration Systems
The Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) is the spacecraft that provides transportation for the crew to and from space.
The CEV will initially operate in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), and includes subsystems for functions such as crew survival during ascent, environmental control and life support, communications, navigation and control, power, thermal control, thermal protection, radiation protection, propulsion, docking, and recovery.
Crew Exploration Vehicle: The spacecraft to transport crews to the ISS, moon, and Mars.
exploration.grc.nasa.gov /constellations/CEV   (112 words)

 Crew Exploration Vehicle - Bad Astronomy and Universe Today Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
However, with NASA going with the CEV there will be no push to develop a true SSTO vehicle with has far more future potential for deep space exploration (by this I mean exploration of our own solar system).
In a way, CEV is like a evolutionary dead-end where the capacity to adapt it to other types of missions is limited.
Such a vehicle would require inventing new systems, some from scratch and shooting for a goal that is downright futuristic.
www.bautforum.com /showthread.php?p=924712   (2320 words)

 NASA Receives Crew Exploration Vehicle Proposals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
One feature of the company’s CEV design -- along with the firm’s teammates -- is use of a titanium shell, along with two layers of thermal protection materials.
The CEV is the head of the system, with different modules that tinker-toy together to make different spacecraft complexes.
It is silly on a civilian vehicle when the money you spend on it means you are giving up something else that is more useful and you are actually trading real safety (margins) for it.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1396073/posts   (1868 words)

 Crew Exploration Vehicle mated to Lunar Surface module | The News is NowPublic.com
Crew Exploration Vehicle mated to Lunar Surface module
Crew Exploration Vehicle mated to Lunar Surface module
NASA's lunar outpost 2020 -- or to use an analogy, the equivalent of a stopover at a Motel 6 on the highway to somewhere far -- initally plans to house a crew of 4 astronauts for a week on the moon's Southpole.
www.nowpublic.com /crew_exploration_vehicle_mated_to_lunar_surface_module__   (117 words)

 Howstuffworks "Crew Exploration Vehicle: Beyond the Moon"
Recent problems with foam insulation have exposed crews to danger, rendered it unsafe to fly, and caused NASA to ground the entire fleet.
NASA needs a vehicle that is capable of carrying crew and payloads to Earth orbit, the moon and Mars.
The CEV heat shield will be replaceable up to 10 times and last the design life of the vehicle.
science.howstuffworks.com /cev.htm   (0 words)

 Northrop Grumman/Boeing Space Team Selected to Compete for NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle
NASA's Vision for Space Exploration calls for the Crew Exploration Vehicle to carry up to six astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit soon after the Space Shuttle is retired in 2010, and then on to the moon as early as 2015.
In late April, NASA commissioned an Exploration Systems Architecture Study that is expected to recommend accelerating the schedule for developing and launching the first crewed Crew Exploration Vehicle mission from 2014 to 2010, and broadening the Crew Exploration Vehicle's mission to include servicing the International Space Station.
During the initial phases of the Crew Exploration Vehicle program, which will demonstrate the vehicle's ability to operate safely with astronauts in low-Earth orbit, Northrop Grumman will serve as the team's prime contractor, with Boeing serving as its teammate and principal subcontractor.
www.irconnect.com /noc/press/pages/news_releases.mhtml?d=79950   (736 words)

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