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X-38 [NASA]

X-38 [NASA]

The X-38 was a prototype for a Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) for the International Space Station. The X-38 could have been reworked into a real manned CRV after its unmanned orbital test flight.

The partially (ca. 80%) completed space craft was put into storage in January 2003, after the X-38 program has been put on hold.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Crew Return Vehicle prototype
Operator: NASA
Contractors: ?, Aerojet (DPS)
Configuration: Lifting body + DPS
Power: Batteries
Mass: 8163 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
X-38 F1 (X-38 V-201 F1) - cancelled CCK LC-39 Shuttle with ?