Friday, May 27, 2011

Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Infographic

At the end of my Wednesday post about the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's Moon Speech, I had mentioned that NASA had recently announced more information about its next manned spacecraft, the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). The guys over at Space.com put together an excellent infographic summing up the MPCV and how it compares to other human spaceflight vehicles.


I would also say, I erroneously said that the vehicle was being developed with possibly going to Mars in mind. It seems that was only sorta true; the MPCV would be capable of making that journey with modification and additional support.

Also, let it be known that I think that the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is horribly named right now. After having projects like Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Orion, and the space shuttles, MPCV just sounds dry. There is no catchy edge to it, from a group of people known for naming and acronyms. Heck, they just announced an asteroid probe called OSIRIS-Rex (Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer). Hopefully somebody changes this terrible name before it hits the launch pad.


23 comments:

Kicking Rocks said...

Thats pretty cool! Seems a little small though and might seem uncomfortable but with the technology it will have that will be a minor nuisance.

WanderingWriter said...

It would be excellent if they made those modifications. A Mars Rover is cool and all, but a manned trip to Mars would be very exciting. Yeah, they definitely need to change that name.

Xenototh said...

Apparently with all the cut backs they fired their name making devision. :P

phthalo. said...

The name does seem a little bit ill-thought-through. Though it doesn't make a bit of difference to the impact this craft could have in the continuation of space exploration.

srnajera said...

interesting information :O

Dave said...

Thats a great breakdown of the capsule.

Daniel said...

i don't know what to say, I expected better...

The Angry Lurker said...

We could call it Falcon 1.

LifeHacks said...

I wish I wasn't born during this century but the next one or even the one after...I want to see the human species explore our galaxy...and fuck it up!

Malkavian said...

Cool, hahahaha HORRIBLY NAMED. Yeah i agree with you man nothing catchy.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

That's cool, but not exactly the USS Enterprise I was hoping for.

Admin said...

Pretty awesome infographs!

Rob said...

Even with that name, it sounds like an awesome probe.

HiFi said...

Neat-O!

Geoffrey said...

I often forget that space exploration isn't just limited to "big rocket goes into space"

Jay said...

maybe they'll have another name contest! :D

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

I gotta say I kinda hoped we would be colonizing Mars by now, beginning the process of terra-forming and what not. And I was hoping (still am) that we will see affordable space tourism in our lifetime. Just let me a get a peek, ya know. I want to see the earth floating in the blackness of space.

Speedy Ed said...

yeah it doesn't look that big really , considering the Dragon one from 2010 used to hold 7 people !

JayPower said...

I bet this thing cost soooo much ;D

Icepax_Nmir said...

Wow, that sure is impressive! Amazing...

Solsby Kid said...

Looks expensive!

Dootzkie said...

Oh the awesomeness of it all!

Rorschach Redemption said...

Not to sound like a complete idiot, but the Shuttle seems really quite small compared to what I thought it would be.

I thought they had teams of people to come up with "techy edge" names and acronyms?

Post a Comment

Comments are moderated, please no advertising or profanity. This also helps me see who is dropping by.