[FPSPACE] Did Soyuz help inspire CEV?
Charles, John B. (JSC-SA2)
john.b.charles at nasa.gov
Sun Nov 19 17:36:52 EST 2006
If one of the submitted proposals had followed through on an early design (I forget which contractor) to have a hab module forward of the re-entry vehicle, then I would have expected every press report to note the similarity (as with Shenzhou, for example). But Orion's outward appearance is so obviously similar to Apollo's that it would be confusing to credit Soyuz as the inspiration.
I understand that your point may be that NASA analyzed a Soyuz option more recently than Apollo, but I still don't think one needs to credit Soyuz as the inspiration for a simpler, more robust approach than the Space Shuttle system.
JBC via BlackBerry
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Perhaps someone has already considered this question - if so, I'd be glad to
know it. Assuming that it's done right, the CEV will mark a return to the
simple approach to spaceflight that the Soviets never abandoned, and in fact
refined over the past 40 years. My question is, did NASA's experience with working
with Soyuz since 1992 (when the Soyuz ACRV study began) help inspire the
decision to turn back the clock?
I've seen articles by Americans who praise NASA for returning to the ways of
Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, but they don't mention Soyuz, which seems very
strange. I might have missed some article or paper, however.
David S. F. Portree
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