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SKYLAB II - Making a Deep Space Habitat from a Space Launch System Propellant TankCalled a "House in Space," Skylab was an innovative program that used a converted Saturn V launch vehicle propellant tank as a space station habitat. It was launched in 1973 fully equipped with provisions for three separate missions of three astronauts each. The size and lift capability of the Saturn V enabled a large diameter habitat, solar telescope, multiple docking adaptor, and airlock to be placed on-orbit with a single launch. Today, the envisioned Space Launch System (SLS) offers similar size and lift capabilities that are ideally suited for a Skylab type mission. An envisioned Skylab II mission would employ the same propellant tank concept; however serve a different mission. In this case, the SLS upper stage hydrogen tank is used as a Deep Space Habitat (DSH) for NASA s planned missions to asteroids, Earth-Moon Lagrangian point and Mars.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Griffin, Brand N.
(Gray Research, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Smitherman, David
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Kennedy, Kriss J.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Toups, Larry
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Gill, Tracy
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Howe, A. Scott
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 26, 2013
Publication Date
January 3, 2012
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
AIAA Space 2012(Pasadena, MD)
Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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