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Self Erecting Manned Space LaboratoryThe Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is currently involved in several research programs on manned orbital space stations. This research effort is focused on seeking out and solving the problems which lie in the way of the eventual development of such a vehicle for use as a space laboratory. In conducting this research activity, it has been necessary to consider many vehicle configuration designs and operational concepts in some detail. The Langley Research Center space station study program has been in progress for several years, and it was consisted of both in-house activities and contracted efforts with industry. In the early Langley Research Center studies, only zero-gravity configurations were considered; however, the requirement for artificial gravity simulation for experimental purposes was soon added. Human factors considerations indicated that large diameter vehicles with slow rotational velocities generally permit the most comfortable living conditions for the crew. The configurations which were studied were required to be compatible with the planned launch vehicles such as Saturn, and manned spacecraft such as Mercury.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
R Berglund (Langley Research Center Hampton, Virginia, United States)
E A Weber (North American Aviation Los Angeles, California, United States)
Date Acquired
August 1, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1962
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the National Meeting on Manned Space Flight (Unclassified Portion)
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Meeting Information
National Meeting on Manned Space Flight(St. Louis, MO)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Manned Orbital Space Station (MOSS)
Apollo project
Life support system
Space erectable structure

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