Optimal design solutions for crew exploration vehicle Conference Paper uri icon


  • The Vision for Space Exploration dictates retiring of the aging Space Shuttle and replacing it with a newer spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). The CEV should be able to travel to low Earth orbit, to the Moon, to Mars and beyond. We formulate the requirements needed for the optimal design and configuration of the CEV using systematic design methodologies of Need Analysis, Function Structure generation and evolution of conceptual designs based on them. Three different concepts are formed that cater to the Need Statement and only one concept is finally selected based upon evaluation parameters, taking the Space Shuttle as the datum. Copyright © 2005 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kulkarni, T. R., & Suh, S. C.

publication date

  • December 2005