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ISS Interface Mechanisms and their Heritage
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Author and Affiliation:
Cook, John G.(Boeing Co., Houston, TX, United States);
Aksamentov, Valery(Boeing Co., Houston, TX, United States);
Hoffman, Thomas(Boeing Co., Houston, TX, United States);
Bruner, Wes(Boeing Co., Houston, TX, United States)
Abstract: The International Space Station, by nurturing technological development of a variety of pressurized and unpressurized interface mechanisms fosters "competition at the technology level". Such redundancy and diversity allows for the development and testing of mechanisms that might be used for future exploration efforts. The International Space Station, as a test-bed for exploration, has 4 types of pressurized interfaces between elements and 6 unpressurized attachment mechanisms. Lessons learned from the design, test and operations of these mechanisms will help inform the design for a new international standard pressurized docking mechanism for the NASA Docking System. This paper will examine the attachment mechanisms on the ISS and their attributes. It will also look ahead at the new NASA docking system and trace its lineage to heritage mechanisms.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2011
Document ID:
20110010964
(Acquired May 04, 2011)
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number: JSC-CN-23389, JSC-CN-24225
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: AIAA Space 2011; 26-29 Sep. 2011; Long Beach, CA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Reston, VA, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Organization Source: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Description: 59p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights
NASA Terms: AIRLOCK MODULES; INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION; SPACE STATION MODULES; SPACECRAFT DOCKING; SPACECRAFT DOCKING MODULES; TEST STANDS
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