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Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)




Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

A manned spacecraft being built by Lockheed Martin based on the Orion spacecraft designed and tested by Lockheed Martin for the now-abandoned Constellation Program. The Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), announced by NASA on May 24, 2011, is intended to support crewed missions to an asteroid and, eventually, to Mars. It also being developed as a backup vehicle for carrying cargo and crew to and from the International Space Station. It will be launched by the Space Launch System, a Shuttle-derived heavy launch vehicle being designed by NASA followed the cancellation of the Constellation Program.


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