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Hybrid synthetic-vision system for the X-38 crew return vehicle
Author(s): Frank J. Delgado; Michael F. Abernathy; Janis White
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Paper Abstract

The X-38 program began in early 1995 and is developing a series of test vehicles to demonstrate the low-cost technologies and methods required to develop a fully functional CRV that can rapidly return astronauts from onboard the International Space Station to earth. The X-38 program uses a gradual buildup approach and where appropriate, is taking advantage of advanced technologies that may help improve safety, decrease cost, reduce development time, and outperform traditional technologies. Four atmospheric test vehicles and one space-rated vehicle will be developed and tested during the X-38 program. The atmospheric test vehicles are known as vehicle 131 (V131), vehicle 132 (V132), vehicle 131R (V131R), and vehicle 133 (V133). The space-rated vehicle that will fly on the Shuttle in 2002, as a payload bay experiment, is known as vehicle 201 (V201).

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4363, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2001, (28 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.438020
Show Author Affiliations
Frank J. Delgado, NASA Johnson Space Center (United States)
Michael F. Abernathy, Rapid Imaging Software, Inc. (United States)
Janis White, Rapid Imaging Software, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4363:
Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2001
Jacques G. Verly, Editor(s)

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