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Radial Internal Material Handling System (RIMS) for Circular Habitat Volumes
External Online Source: hdl:2014/42676
Author and Affiliation:
Howe, A. Scott(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States);
Haselschwardt, Sally(Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Abstract: A Radial Internal Material Handling System (RIMS) has been developed to service a circular floor area in variable gravity. On planetary surfaces, pressurized human habitable volumes will require a means to carry heavy equipment between various locations within the volume of the habitat, regardless of the partial gravity (Earth, moon, Mars, etc). On the NASA Habitat Demonstration Unit (HDU), a vertical cylindrical volume, it was determined that a variety of heavy items would need to be carried back and forth from deployed locations to the General Maintenance Work Station (GMWS) when in need of repair, and other equipment may need to be carried inside for repairs, such as rover parts and other external equipment. The vertical cylindrical volume of the HDU lent itself to a circular overhead track and hoist system that allows lifting of heavy objects from anywhere in the habitat to any other point in the habitat interior. In addition, the system is able to hand off lifted items to other material handling systems through the side hatches, such as through an airlock. This paper describes the RIMS system which is scalable for application in a variety of circular habitat volumes.
Publication Date: Jul 16, 2012
Document ID:
20130009103
(Acquired Feb 07, 2013)
Subject Category: MAN/SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SUPPORT
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: AIAA International Conference on Environmental Systems 2012; 15-19 Jul. 2012; San Diego, CA; United States
Financial Sponsor: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Organization Source: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Description: 9p; In English; Original contains color illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: AEROSPACE ENVIRONMENTS; CYLINDRICAL BODIES; DEEP SPACE; MATERIALS HANDLING; SPACE HABITATS
Other Descriptors: DEEP SPACE HABITATS; MATERIAL HANDLING
Availability Source: Other Sources
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