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Wasn't the Lunar Module the immediate predicessor of this spacecraft? Saying the space shutttle was is like saying the F-18 is the immediate predicessor to the F-22. Technically yes it was, but not in the same role.
The LSAM and its roles
As the Lunar Surface Access Module (LSAM) is a heir to the legacy of the Apollo Lunar Module, it was designed by NASA with the mind as both a crew transport, and as a cargo transport. The Apollo Applications Program (AAP, which later became Skylab), a program similar to Project Constellation originally saw the use of the Apollo LM as both a lunar base (ascent module, minus engine) and as a transport. To supply the outpost, NASA would launch an Apollo Command/Service Module and a so-called "LM Truck," which would be guided down to the surface by the orbiting astronauts in a manner similar to that of the aerial drones used by the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan and Iraq. The LSAM, which is, function-wise, a descendent of both the Apollo LM and the AAP LM Truck, would do the same function as that proposed for the AAP-era lunar base, but for the cargo-only mode, the LSAM would not need a crew to haul her out to the Moon — cargo LSAM can fly out and land with controllers in Houston doing the piloting. Also, the LSAM, unlike the Apollo LM, will have the same camping-like comforts that the Apollo astronauts would dream of (toilet, hot food, airlock, etc.). —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rwboa22 (talk • contribs) 17:36, 21 February 2007 (UTC).
The LSAM Ascent Engine
The article states that a RL-10 engine will be used on the ascent stage. This is incorrect, a hypergolic engine, similar to the one used on the CEV, is much more likely. References to the ascent stage using cryogenics should be changed.
Usage and Grammar Problem
Found this sentence in the "Description" area:
"It will also be flown unmanned, similarly to the Apollo Applications Program's LM Truck concept, but without having to fly a manned Orion spacecraft out to the Moon."
I cannot make heads or tails of this sentence. What will be flown unmanned? What is the LM truck concept? Are we sending unmanned Orion spacecraft to the moon? How is an unmanned Orion craft circling the moon part of the Altair manned moon landing project? I am completely lost. I appreciate any effort to make this clear. Kjdamrau (talk) 02:17, 8 May 2008 (UTC)kjdamrau
I came to this page when looking for the page about the Lunar Lander game. "Lunar lander" redirects here, but there's no "'Lunar lander' redirects here, for the game, see Lunar lander (computer game)". I only managed to find the game page using a google search. Surely this would be a useful addition to the page? Haddock420 14:09, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
- Lunar Surface Access Module → Altair (spacecraft)
- LSAM 1 → Altair 1
- LSAM 2 → Altair 2
- LSAM 3 → Altair 3
- LSAM 4 → Altair 4
- LSAM 5 → Altair 5
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just a question - the ascent module looks like the only living, working and airlock space for a crew of 4 for a 1 week stay. Does the support structure house any extra habitable space?. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 05:57, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
ALTAIR was the name of the forbidden planet in the 1957 sci-fi film FORBIDDEN PLANET, which has a lot of nerd[read:NASA] street cred and influenced a lot of sci-fi films. Are we sure that the name diddn't come from there? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 01:51, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
- If you can find that stated by a third party, verifiable source, then great. However, the way you state it, it sounds like original research and conjecture. Grant (talk) 06:50, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
Did the design of the spacecraft changed?
In the latest video on Nasa's website, the video titled "New space suit" if my memory is good enough, shows the Altair having a closed descent stage, hiding the yellow tanks we were used to see in the artistic video released before. In this video, the Altair seems qui different than the one we were used to see because of that.--Jerem © 2002-2006 (talk) 17:40, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
In the paragraph 'On-orbit assembly', there is mention of the Orion spacecraft in docking with the Altair 'in LEO', what does 'in LEO' mean? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 16:53, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
- Learned later that 'in LEO' stands for 'low Earth orbit', will add this to the article where applicable.