Development and Testing of the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The purpose of this research project is to develop the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment RIGEX from a computer-based model into a space-qualified prototype. Past research projects have developed RIGEXs command and control, structural analysis, and integration with the orbiter. This thesis details the organization, assembly, and test planning for the RIGEX protoflight model. Strict requirements imposed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA must be fulfilled for any payload to travel into space. Based on the requirements set forth by NASA documentation, this thesis establishes appropriate assembly procedures for the construction of a space payload. Detailed design changes are described, as well as any problems encountered during assembly. Various lessons learned throughout the course of this project are discussed.