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An Alternate Configuration of the Multi-Mission Space Exploration VehicleThe NASA Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV) Team has developed an alternate configuration of the vehicle that can be used as a lunar lander. The MMSEV was originally conceived of during the Constellation program as the successor to the Apollo lunar rover as a pressurized rover for two-person, multiday excursions on the lunar surface. Following the cancellation of the Constellation program, the MMSEV has been reconfigured to serve as a free-flying scout vehicle for exploration of a Near Earth Asteroid and is also being assessed for use as a Habitable Airlock in a Cislunar microgravity spacecraft. The Alternate MMSEV (AMMSEV) variant of the MMSEV would serve as the transport vehicle for a four-person lunar crew, providing descent from an orbiting spacecraft or space station and ascent back to the spaceborne asset. This paper will provide a high level overview of the MMSEV and preliminary results from human-in-the-loop testing.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Howard, Robert L., Jr. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
April 30, 2014
Publication Date
January 22, 2014
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
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Meeting Information
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Aerospace systems Conference(Los Angeles, CA)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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