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SFS News: Andrews Space Reveals Cargo Vehicle Design Work

Posted by: Klaus Schmidt - Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:16 pm
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Post SFS News: Andrews Space Reveals Cargo Vehicle Design Work   Posted on: Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:16 pm
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SEATTLE, Wash., (Andrews Space) – Andrews Space today disclosed details of its Andrews Cargo Module, a cargo logistics system capable of addressing NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) cargo logistics requirements, as well as the needs of emerging customers like Bigelow Aerospace and the Department of Defense.

The Andrews Cargo Module is a reusable spacecraft capable of delivering 3.7 metric tons of cargo to and from the ISS. It is comprised of a common Service Module, a Pressurized (PCM) or Unpressurized Cargo Module (UCM), and a Recovery Module. This modular approach allows the system to cost-effectively address a wide range of mission requirements and customers.

The Cargo Module incorporates design features and system elements from previous efforts into a low-risk cargo module design. Andrews previously worked on crew and cargo logistics systems under contract to NASA as part of the Alternate Access to Station (AAS) and Concept Exploration and Refinement efforts. In 2005, Andrews developed a full-scale mockup of its design for the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) to verify internal packaging for both crew and cargo transport. This mockup was transferred to NASA Johnson Space Center and has been used by NASA to conduct Orion design studies.

“One of the lessons learned from AAS is that the launch vehicle cost drives the life cycle cost of the system,â€


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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:39 pm
Holy cow! That sounds like a great space product. I had never even heard of Andrews Space Systems.

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