Accession Number:

AD0440225

Title:

DEVELOPMENT OF AN INFLATABLE SELF-RIGIDIZING SPACE SHELTER AND SOLAR COLLECTOR FROM HONEYCOMB SANDWICH MATERIAL

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for 1 Jan-10 Oct 1963

Corporate Author:

GEOPHYSICS CORP OF AMERICA ANOKA MN

Report Date:

1964-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

120.0

Abstract:

Properties obtainable by various techniques of curing polymer systems were evaluated and a resin system for the rigidization of expandable space structures was developed. Several fabrics which closely resembled a true honeycomb were used in the fabrication of the desired items. The final items of the development program were a lightweight, expandable, self-rigidizing 5 ft. diameter solar collector and a lightweight, expandable self-rigidizing 7 ft. diameter by 7 ft. high cylindrical space shelter. Both final items were rigidized by vapor phase catalysis of a chemical rigidizing resin system. The study revealed that it is feasible and even desirable to design, fabricate, and rigidize flexibel, self-rigidizing solar collectors and shelters for space application using a honeycomb type sandwich material as the basic structural material.

Subject Categories:

  • Construction Equipment, Materials and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE