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European manned spacecraft module. Study 2018. Re-entry vehicle portion of the proposed European CTV manned spacecraft.

Although EADS Astrium indicated the vehicle would house only three crew, the weight and volume would be sufficient for six. Mass estimated.

Crew Size: 3.

AKA: Crew Transfer Vehicle.
Gross mass: 8,000 kg (17,600 lb).
Payload: 7,300 kg (16,000 lb).
Height: 4.00 m (13.10 ft).
Diameter: 3.90 m (12.70 ft).

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Ariane 5 French orbital launch vehicle. The Ariane 5 was a completely new design, unrelated to the earlier Ariane 1 to 4. It consisted of a single-engine Lox/LH2 core stage flanked by two solid rocket boosters. Preparatory work began in 1984. Full scale development began in 1988 and cost $ 8 billion. The design was sized for the Hermes manned spaceplane, later cancelled. This resulted in the booster being a bit too large for the main commercial payload, geosynchronous communications satellites. As a result, development of an uprated version capable of launching two such satellites at a time was funded in 2000. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • ESA European agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. European Space Agency, Europe. More...
  • Cannes French manufacturer of spacecraft. Cannes, France. More...

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