Top Gear broadcast about MCV Mission Space Shuttle LEO

Mars Cats Voyage
4 min readDec 27, 2021

Today we’re sharing a special report from CASA’s launch station, where the cats have developed the world’s first cat shuttle named LEO.

The Mars Cats Voyage (MCV) team have built an extremely large, heavy but easily piloted spaceship that is ready to invite cats on board for our flight to Mars. The design of the shuttle was developed by our Mission Pilot Mike with the help of a designer from Audi.

Now we are ready to share some of the technical details about LEO’s shuttle architecture.

Previously, CASA reported that MCV had purchased a drilling platform and re-equipped it to become the launchpad for the LEO space shuttle. This launchpad has been designed and built to ensure our lift off is safe and sound. All test iterations for the launchpad, the shuttle and its in-flight capabilities have been completed successfully, including all controls, comfort, on-board service and much more.

The appearance of the shuttle is impressive at first glance! It has a hyper streamlined body and features portholes made of comet impenetrable glass. The shuttle has a nanotechnology coating with self-sealing paint that will provide the necessary protection from space dents and chips. Likewise, all doors within the craft are multi-layered, providing an extra safeguard from the vacuum of space.

In order to overcome the gravitational forces we will encounter in the Solar System, LEO has been graded to reach a peak speed of more than 25053 mph.

The shuttle’s life support system is based on the most modern biomedical, technological and engineering developments and has been tested to ensure the highest quality of comfort and safety for habitation on board and to enable our colonization of Mars upon arrival.

Let’s dive deeper into each section of the space shuttle.

Vertical Cat-tail

A vertical tail on a space shuttle provides control and stability to a craft as the air flows around it. A rudder and trim tab is usually incorporated into it to provide yaw control during takeoff, cruise, and landing. The control is provided by the pilots using their paws’ pedals & auto flight systems.

Delta Wing

A shuttle has wings that create lift. It uses a double-delta wing configuration to achieve the most efficient flight during hypersonic speed as well as providing a good lift -to-drag ratio during landing. For control, each wing has an “elevon”.

Orbital Maneuvering Engines

The orbital maneuvering system provides the thrust for orbit insertion, orbit circularization, orbit transfer, rendezvous, deorbit, abort to orbit and abort once around and can provide up to 1,000 pounds of propellant to the aft reaction control system.

Shuttle Elevons

Elevons or tailerons are spacecraft control surfaces that combine the functions of the elevator (used for pitch control) and the aileron (used for roll control), hence the name. They are frequently used on tailless spacecraft such as flying wings.

Main Engines

The WM-9 is a staged-combustion engine cycle powered by liquid meowdrogen and liquid oxygen, making it one of highest performing engines the Cat nation has ever produced.

Voyage Data Recorders

VDR is a data recording system designed especially for the MCV mission shuttle, to collect data from various sensors on board the vessel. It then digitizes, compresses and stores this information in an externally mounted protective storage unit.

Cats Lifeboats Bay

Life-boats or life-rafts are small starships carried for emergency evacuation in the event of a disaster aboard a ship.

Live-bots work in standalone mode and can deliver cats to their desired destination.

CGPS — Precision Position Finding System

A Cats Global Positioning System (CGPS) is an enhancement to the Global Positioning System (GPS) which provides improved location accuracy, in the range of operations of each system, from the 15-metre (50 ft) nominal GPS accuracy to about 1–3 centimetres (0.39–1.18 in) in case of the best implementations.

Captain’s Bridge

The bridge is a room of a shuttle designed for all round visibility from which the ship can be commanded. During critical maneuvers the Captain will be on the bridge, often supported by a Pilot and Engineer, if required.

Shuttle Whiskers

This device is mounted near the nose of a Shuttle orbiter and will be used to establish its position once in orbit. Star whiskers provide data to fix the orbiter’s position.

Stabilizer Fins

The path a rocket or guided missile takes during powered flight is directly influenced by its attitude, that is its orientation in space. During the atmospheric portion of flight, fins may deflect to steer a missile. Outside the atmosphere, changing the direction of thrust by articulating exhaust nozzles or changing the rocket’s attitude influences its flight path.

Side Fins

Leo has side fins that create lift. It uses a wing configuration to achieve the most efficient flight during hypersonic speed as well as provide a good lift-to-drag ratio during landing.

Our official mission launch is planned for December 29, 4 PM UTC! The vehicle launch will go live on the website (more details will be provided closer to launch).

The Captain has charted the fastest course to Mars and there are a lot of interesting things that await us!

Stay tuned!

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