SPACE ESCAPE SYSTEMS - A STATUS REPORT.
Technical rept. Sep 65-Jan 68,
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF EL SEGUNDO TECHNICAL OPERATIONS
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Orbital space flight emergencies were studied to identify the more promising approaches for an emergency return capability. Based upon an initial investigation of orbital based, ground based, reentry escape, and space shelter systems, reentry escape systems were selected for further study. Then, a detailed analysis of potential orbital emergencies and their influence upon the characteristics desired in escape systems was conducted. This effort identified structural damage and fire as the most probable types of hazards. By containing these hazards and providing for a safe haven in the spacecraft, accessibility and reaction times of minutes to hours can be provided for escape. For reentry and recovery operations, an analysis was briefly conducted on the coordination of landing sites and reentry procedures. The ground support network appears adequate if planned modifications to the Air Force Satellite Control Facility and emergency communication provisions are incorporated. The technology areas required for escape device development are determination of crew capability, subsystem definition, and spacecraftescape device integration. Author
- Safety Engineering
- Manned Spacecraft
- Escape, Rescue and Survival