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Results of EVA/mobile transporter space station truss assembly testsUnderwater neutral buoyance tests were conducted to evaluate the use of a Mobile Transporter concept in conjunction with EVA astronauts to construct the Space Station Freedom truss structure. A three-bay orthogonal tetrahedral truss configuration with a 15 foot square cross section was repeatedly assembled by a single pair of pressure suited test subjects working from the Mobile Transporter astronaut positioning devices (mobile foot restraints). The average unit assembly time (which included integrated installation of utility trays) was 27.6 s/strut, or 6 min/bay. The results of these tests indicate that EVA assembly of space station size structures can be significantly enhanced when using a Mobile Transporter equipped with astronaut positioning devices. Rapid assembly time can be expected and are dependent primarily on the rate of translation permissible for on-orbit operations. The concept used to demonstate integrated installation of utility trays requires minimal EVA handling and consequentially, as the results show, has little impact on overall assembly time.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Watson, Judith J.
(PRC Kentron, Inc., Hampton VA., United States)
Heard, Walter L., Jr.
(PRC Kentron, Inc., Hampton VA., United States)
Bush, Harold G.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Lake, M. S.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Jensen, J. K.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Wallsom, R. E.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Phelps, J. E.
(PRC Kentron, Inc., Hampton Va., United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1988
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:100661
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 506-43-41-02
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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