But NasaEoe1/4aos budget is not big enough to cover the cost of ConstellationEoe1/4aos Orion capsule, a more advanced and spacious version of the Apollo lunar module
, and the Ares 1 and Ares V launchers needed to put it in orbit.
At the sprawling Canoga Park facility, the engineers that came up with the SolarReserve technology also developed the power system for the International Space Station, the rocket engine for the Space Shuttle, and the propulsion system for the Apollo lunar module
since the Apollo Lunar Module
made its maiden spaceflight as part of the Apollo 9 mission.
Unlike the histories of the RL10 (upper-stage engine) by Dick Mulready in Advanced Engine Development at Pratt and Whitney, or the Apollo Lunar Module
by Tom Kelly in Moon Lander, this book provides minimal discussion of Centaur's technical problems and solutions.
Grumman's former president and chairman, George Skurla, and William Gregory, a former editor of Aviation Week and Space Technology, trace the company's rise from its humble beginnings in the 1930s, through World War II, to the success of the Navy's A-6 Intruder, E-2C Hawkeye, EA-6B Prowler, F-14 Tomcat, and NASA's Apollo Lunar Module