X-41 Common Aero Vehicle (CAV)
The X-41 involves an experimental maneuverable re-entry vehicle carrying a variety of payloads through a suborbital trajectory, and re-entering and dispersing the payload in the atmosphere.
The Common Aero Vehicle (CAV) program is slated for a flight demonstration in FY2003. CAV will provide both an expendable and future reusable Military Space Plane [MSP] system architecture with the ability to deploy multiple payload types from and through space to a terrestrial target. A CAV will be able to achieve high terminal accuracy,
extended cross range and be highly maneuverable in a low cost expendable or single use package supporting multiple military mission areas.
Sources and Methods
- "X-directory" by Guy Norris and Graham Warwick, Flight
International January 6-12, 1999
- Broad Agency Announcement 98-01 9 Jan 98
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space Vehicles Directorate (VS)
Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Thursday, January 14, 1999 12:46:28 PM