From: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Crew Exploration Vehicle ensures safe, reliable travel to Space Station, moon, Mars
WASHINGTON D.C. – Oct. 12, 2005 – A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) team today unveiled its plans to design and build NASA's proposed Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), a modular space system intended to carry humans to the International Space Station by 2012 and back to the moon by 2018.
The CEV comprises a crew module that builds on NASA's Apollo spacecraft, a service module and a launch-abort system. It 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.
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. NASA expects to select a CEV prime contractor in the spring of 2006.
According to Doug Young, program manager for the Northrop Grumman-Boeing CEV team, the team's design approach to the CEV and the overall mission architecture have been evolving over the past year.
"We've been working closely with NASA to identify design options and technologies that would enable the nation to meet its space exploration goals of safety, affordability and reliability," Young said. "Early on we concluded that this modular, capsule-based approach would establish an ideal foundation for a successful, sustainable human and robotic space exploration program. It's also a system that can be designed and built today using proven technologies, which will help maintain the nation's leadership role in human space flight."
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.
"The CEV we plan to build will benefit not so much from a single, technical breakthrough but rather from evolutionary improvements in structural technologies, electronics, avionics, thermal-management systems, software and integrated system- health-management systems over the past 40 years," said Leonard Nicholson, the Northrop Grumman-Boeing team's deputy program manager.
According to Nicholson, the CEV offers many fundamental improvements over Apollo. Among them:
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.5 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. It provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, the company serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers. Today, more than 20,000 of Northrop Grumman's employees are devoted to space-related projects.
Crew Exploration Vehicle – Artist Concept
A Northrop Grumman-Boeing team has unveiled its plans to design and build NASA's proposed Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), a successor to the Space Shuttle that will carry humans to the International Space Station by 2012 and back to the moon by 2018. Shown in this artist concept, the new, modular space system comprises a crew module that builds on NASA's earlier Apollo spacecraft, a service module and a launch abort system.
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. It 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.
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