HLV Raw: SSP side project making good progress for Augustine Review
With the key decision points for the Augustine Commission fast approaching, one of the favorite alternatives to the Ares vehicles â€“ the SD HLLV (Shuttle Derived Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle â€“ or HLV for short) â€“ has made great strides towards becoming a viable option for replacing the Space Shuttle.
The task of evaluating the HLV as a potential alternative path â€“ to that of continuing the development of the Ares I vehicle â€“ was handed to Space Shuttle Program (SSP) manager John Shannon, who built a team to work on refining the vehicle conceptâ€™s data, on behalf of the US Human Space Flight Review Committee.
The vehicle, side mounted to the current design of the External Tank, is a true Shuttle Derived concept, with heritage from a previous concept known as Shuttle-C.
The HLV is â€“ on paper at least â€“ capable of launching 80mt (metric tons) into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and around 54mt to the moon.
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