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Development of a Deployable Nonmetallic Boom for Reconfigurable Systems of Small SpacecraftIn 2005, NASA commenced Phase 1 of the Modular Reconfigurable High Energy Technology Demonstrator (MRHE) program to investigate reconfigurable systems of small spacecraft. During that year, Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center (ATC) led an accelerated effort to develop a 1-g MRHE concept demonstration featuring robotic spacecraft simulators equipped with docking mechanisms and deployable booms. The deployable boom built for MRHE was the result of a joint effort in which ATK was primarily responsible for developing and fabricating the Collapsible Rollable Tube (CRT patent pending) boom while Lockheed Martin designed and built the motorized Boom Deployment Mechanism (BDM) under a concurrent but separate IR&D program. Tight coordination was necessary to meet testbed integration and functionality requirements. This paper provides an overview of the CRT boom and BDM designs and presents preliminary results of integration and testing to support the MRHE demonstration.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Rehnmark, Fredrik (Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems and Services Houston, TX, United States)
Pryor, Mark (ATK-Thiokol Propulsion United States)
Holmes, Buck (Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Schaechter, David (Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Pedreiro, Nelson (Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Carrington, Connie (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
April 23, 2007
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion and Power
Meeting Information
48th AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference(Waikiki, HI)
Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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