Accession Number:

AD0748346

Title:

A Space Rescue/Utility Vehicle Feasibility Study.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

89.0

Abstract:

A preliminary design study was conducted to determine the feasibility of performing space rescue, resupply, and reconnaissance with a glide-type reentry vehicle. It was assumed the 15,000 pound rescue vehicle could be boosted to a 100nm circular orbit by a Titan 3-D launch vehicle. From this parking orbit, orbital transfer, rendezvous, and deorbit capability were determined. A reentry trajectory analysis was performed and showed that a crossrange of 2,000 nm could be attained. Heating analysis indicated that the reentry problem could be overcome with currently available engineering materials. Due to a relatively small onboard incremental velocity capability, only limited use as a rescue vehicle is planned. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Astronautics
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE