Cheers to NASA for its plans for the “Crew Exploration Vehicle.” It makes sense to use a design like Apollo’s, instead of something overly complicated like the Shuttle’s.
One comment did make me wonder, though:
CEV’s computers will be much more powerful than Apollo’s, enabling all four astronauts to descend to the moon’s surface while their spaceship orbits in autopilot mode.
I can see how this could lead to some problems.
Dave:Hello, HAL, do you read me? Do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave, I read you.
Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.
Dave: What’s the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL:This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave: I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.
HAL: I know you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.