DEPLOYMENT AND RIGIDIZATION TEST OF A LARGE INFLATABLE SOLAR COLLECTOR.
AIR FORCE AERO PROPULSION LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This test report presents the results of a high-vacuum deployment and rigidization test of a 10-foot-diameter inflatable solar collector. This solar collector was tested in the recently completed Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratorys 29-foot-diameter space simulation chamber. A description of this chamber is included. The results of this test indicate that this collector represented state of the art in inflatable solar collector technology. All test objectives including deployment, inflation, and rigidization were successfully accomplished. Author
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