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Gemini LORV
Gemini LORV - Gemini Lunar Orbit Rescue Vehicle, studied for rescue of an Apollo crew stranded in lunar orbit. Gemini would be launched by Saturn V. Following lunar orbit insertion it would rendezvous with the disabled Apollo. The three Apollo crew members would transfer by spacewalk to a compartment in the stretched Gemini capsule. It would then boost itself on a transearth trajectory. This was rejected in favor of the more flexible Gemini Lunar Surface Rescue Vehicle.

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Other Designations: Gemini Lunar Orbit Rescue Vehicle. Manufacturer's Designation: McDonnell-Douglas. Class: Manned. Type: Lunar Rescue. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: McDonnell-Douglas.

This version of Gemini was studied as a means of rescuing an Apollo CSM crew stranded in lunar orbit. The Gemini would be launched unmanned on a translunar trajectory by a Saturn V. Following lunar orbit insertion it would automatically rendezvous with the disabled Apollo. The three Apollo crew members would transfer by a spacewalk to the passenger compartment of the stretched Gemini reentry module. It would then boost itself and the rescued crew to a transearth trajectory. This version was rejected in favor of the more flexible Gemini Lunar Surface Rescue Vehicle.


Specification

Craft.Crew Size: 3. Total Length: 7.4 m. Maximum Diameter: 5.9 m. Total Habitable Volume: 5.00 m3. Total Mass: 15,500 kg. Total Propellants: 10,000 kg. Primary Engine Thrust: 6,350 kgf. Main Engine Propellants: N2O4/UDMH. Main Engine Isp: 311 sec. Total spacecraft delta v: 3,100 m/s.



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Gemini VariantsGemini Variants - Modest modifications of Gemini proposed by McDonnell Douglas as a follow-on to the basic program (927 x 723 pixel version).

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Lunar Orbit GeminiLunar Orbit Gemini - Lunar Orbit Gemini. In this version a Gemini docks with a Titan 3C-launched transtage, which maneuvers the Gemini into a lunar orbit and then returns it to earth.

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