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Commercial Advantages of a Reusable SLS Deployed Lunar Cargo Lander

10 Nov 2020, 21:46 UTC
Commercial Advantages of a Reusable SLS Deployed Lunar Cargo Lander
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Notional RLV-4 Cargo vehicle in a distant Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit awaiting depot refueling before transporting a multilevel Lunar Regolith Habitat to an outpost at one of the lunar poles. by Marcel F. WilliamsPrivately financing the development of a reusable SLS deployed lunar landing vehicle should be a priority for the major Space Launch System partners: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Northrup Grumman. A reusable single stage LOX/LH2 fueled vehicle (RLV-4 Crew) could be commercially successful as a crew lander by simply adding a-- pressurized habitat module-- already being developed by Lockheed Martin for the Blue Origin National Team. Notional RLV-4 Crew vehicle with Lockheed Martin derived habitat module with crew deployment davit system. By financing a single stage vehicle rather than a two stage vehicle, development cost could be substantially reduced by simply developing one vehicle instead of two. Further cost reductions could result from using engines and propellant tank technology that already exist. So a notional RLV-4 could use RL-10 derived CECE engines already developed by SLS partner Aerojet Rocketdyne and super lightweight composite propellant tanks already developed by Boeing. I envision the RLV-4 Crew and RLV-4 Cargo vehicles going into operation by the year 2026. If ...

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