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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.

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Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Thursday, January 14, 1999 12:46:28 PM