Accession Number:

AD0822598

Title:

PROJECT AHT.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 14 Dec 65-14 Dec 66,

Corporate Author:

SPACE-GENERAL CORP EL MONTE CA

Report Date:

1967-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

476.0

Abstract:

Current booster vehicles have the capability to inject heavy payloads into orbit, but the geometry requirements of the payloads for manned missions are larger than the vehicle compartment dimensions. To fully exploit these manned and unmanned vehicle system capabilities, an experiment is planned to demonstrate the feasibility and efficiency of the construction of large structures in space utilizing the technology of expandable structural-material systems. This design study defines the detail configuration of an experiment to demonstrate the deployment in space of small scale parabolic structures of high geometric accuracy which may be manually assembled by an astronaut. An experiment will also demonstrate the applicability of expandable structural-material systems to an airlock which has been designed to exhibit the operational characteristics for use on future manned vehicle missions. This study indicates that parabolic structures up to 100 ft in diameter can be assembled by man in space, and that an Elastic Recovery Airlock can be designed to provide the manned mission requirements. These structures can be constructed of flexible materials and modular components which can be stowed in small high density packages in current booster payload compartments. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE