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Space Station Based Microacceleration Experiment PlatformNormal Space Station Freedom activities, such as docking, astronauts' movement, equipment vibrations, and space station reboosts, exert forces on the structure, resulting in static or transient accelerations greater than many microgravity experiments can tolerate. A solution to this problem is to isolate experiments on a separate platform free from such disturbances. The Space Station Based Microacceleration Experiment Platform, a proposed solution to the Space Station microgravity experiment problem is described. It is modular in design and can be telerobotically assembled and operated. The Microacceleration Experiment Platform (MEP) consists of a minimum configuration platform to which power, propulsion, propellant, and experiment modules are added. The platform's layout is designed to take maximum advantage of the microgravity field structure in orbit.
Document ID
19900015851
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Barber, Katy (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Economopoulos, Tony (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Evenson, Erik (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Gonzalez, Raul (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Henson, Steve (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Parada, Enrique (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Robinson, Rick (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Scott, Mike (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Spotz, Bill (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1990
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:186659
NASA-CR-186659
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASW-4435
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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