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DEVELOPMENT AND TEST OF THE BELL ZERO-G BELT
BELL AEROSYSTEMS CO BUFFALO NY
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The assumption is made that a requirement exists for the development of a self-maneuvering system for orbital workers. Such a system will consist of a life support subsystem, maintenance equipment tools, and a propulsion and control sub system. This report discusses the general problem areas and specifically reports on the re search, development, and testing of the Bell Zero-G Belt, a research propulsion and control system for maneuvering a man in a weightless en vironment. The flight tests of the belt took place on a large airbearing platform and in a C-131 cargo-type aircraft during zero-g trajectories. The equations of motion derived during the Bell Aerosystems Company sponsored development of the Small Rocket Lift Device Rocket Belt are also presented and discussed with re spect to the Zero-G Belt. Specific conclusions are presented on the adequacy of the research model of a propulsion system and recommendations are made for additional research and development.
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