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O.M.V. - Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle
OMVs are manned and unmanned "space tugs".
They will be released to approach, grasp and return damaged satellites or other objects to the station.
Other models are larger and will be assembled in space. These vehicles will be used for a variety of tasks such as moving the tanks, station construction,and transfer of passenger compartments and supply containers coming from Earth.
NASA-Marshall and TRW developed a prototype of this vehicle in the late 1980s, but the project
was canceled because of cost over- runs.
These over-runs were atributted to a continuous stream of performance-enhancing design changes.
Over 85% of the design work has been completed on the original prototype.
The Space Island Project will require a diversified family of OMVs.
OMV-1s are the first needed, and the largest. They will attach themselves to released, empty Ets and transport them to construction areas. There, they will be maneuvered during the station assembly process
OMV-2s, half the size of OMV-1s, will fly out to unmanned orbiting assets, grapple them
and return them to manned GEODES or wheel stations for repair, refueling, upgrades or salvage.
OMV-2As, the largest of this group, will retrieve massive GEO satellites.
OMV-2Bs will retrieve smaller LEO sats and larger space debris.
OMV-2Cs would retrieve the smallest items.
OMV-3s will move detachable shuttle passenger compartments from arriving shuttles to the stations, and back to the shuttles.
They will also move unpowered "passenger transport pods" between stations.
OMV Cost Estimates
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