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NASA ACRV
NASA ACRV - NASA Assured Crew Return Vehicle.

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Nation: USA. Agency: NASA.

The early Space Station proposals assumed the facility would be equipped with a 'safe haven' where the crew would wait for a rescue Shuttle in case of emergency. After the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger accident, it became obvious that some sort of 'lifeboat' would have to be added....

NASA's Johnson Space Center began examining the alternatives, including refurbishing old unused Apollo lunar capsules from the 1960s! The cheapest options examined included:


NASA ACRVNASA ACRV - NASA Assured Crew Return Vehicle

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Article by Marcus Lindroos
Specification



HL-20 CRVHL-20 CRV - Hl-20 Crew Rescue Vehicle

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X-38 CRVX-38 CRV - X-38 Crew Rescue Vehicle.

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X-38 CRVX-38 CRV - X-38 Crew Rescue Vehicle. This vehicle is based on the old X-23/X-24A lifting body which was extensively tested in the 1960s.

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