LUNAR ALIGHTMENT SYSTEMS INVESTIGATION
Technical documentary rept. for Feb 1962-May 1963
AMERICAN MACHINE AND FOUNDRY CO STAMFORD CT
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Mission parameters are estimated for a manned lunar alightment. Undercarriage concepts are developed which provide for alightment on unprepared lunar surfaces and provide the necessary support for subsequent launch from the lunar surface. A novel concept is described which places steel honeycomb energy absorption elements at the ends of four self-aligning strut mechanisms. The self-aligning feature, which is applicable to any number of surface contactors, results in an alightment system whose bulk and weight are a small fraction of the comparable quantities for systems using fixed undercarriages. It has been found that the incorporation of auxiliary launch engines in the alightment system to utilize salvaged alightment energy or chemical fuels offers no advantage. Analytical background material is reported and an experimental program which verified the feasibility of the self aligning feature is described.
- Manned Spacecraft