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Friday, March 25, 2011

NASA NAUTILUS-X: a reusable in-space vehicle proposal at $3.7 billion

Clark Lindsey [Hobby Space] provides an excellent overview of the proposed $3.7 billion NASA NAUTILUS-X: multi-mission exploration vehicle includes centrifuge, which would be tested at ISS. The latest presentations to the Future in Space Operations (FISO) group were given by Mark Holderman and Edward Henderson of NASA JSC. Narrated Video.

Key Elements:
- Long-duration space journey vehicle for crew of 6 for periods of 1 -24 months
- CIS-lunar would be initial Operations Zone [shakedown phase]
- Exo-atmospheric, Space-only vehicle
- Integrated Centrifuge for Crew Health
- Life Support in deployed Large Volume with shirt-sleeve servicing
- Truss & Stringer thrust-load distribution concept (non-orthogird)
- Capable of utilizing variety of Mission-Specific
- Propulsion Units [integrated in LEO, semi-autonomously
- Utilizes Inflatable & Deployed structures
- Incorporates Industrial Airlock for construction/maintenance
- Integrated RMS
- Supports Crewed Celestial-body Descent/Return Exploration vehicle
- Utilizes Orion/Commercial vehicles for crew rotation & Earth return from LEO

1 comment:

Quantum_Flux said...

Clearly in the design stages still...