CORNELL AERONAUTICAL LAB INC BUFFALO NY BUFFALO United States
The results of a literature survey to define the effects of the outer-space environment important to the simulation of space vehicles are presented. The discussion is general, having not been constrained by the inclusion of specific vehicles or trajectories. Only the natural environment of space is considered and the survey is limited to the solar system with particular emphasis on the region in the near vicinity of the earth-moon system and at heights greater than 80 kilometer above the earths surface. To specify those effects that need to be incorporated into a space training simulator, the exterior environment, its effects on the vehicle and crew, and the malfunctions that may result must be determined. These subjects are treated, along with a consideration of the adequacy of the existing data in the study. Recommendations for further study are presented.