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Assessment of a SSF servicing facilityA polygonal pseudo-cylindrical hangar that sustains only the Space Transfer Vehicle (STV) has been proposed as an optimal servicing facility at the Space Station Freedom (SSF). The drop tanks would be placed external to the hangar, with final integration occurring outside the sheltered hangar. The potential locations for the hangar are outboard of a lower keel and above the module pattern. A third possibility combines the two cases, extending a support structure/tunnel below the module pattern to the distance of a lower keel. Calculations of servicing timelines indicate that a single STV could be serviced for its next lunar mission in 2 months using a robot similar to the Flight Telerobotic Servicer.
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Conference Paper
Zaveri, Rohan
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Geels, Scott
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Kiefel, Erlinda
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Uhlig, Dan
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Clark, Benton
(Martin Marietta Planetary Sciences Lab. Denver, CO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
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Publication: In: Engineering, construction, and operations in space III: Space '92; Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, Denver, CO, May 31-June 4, 1992. Vol. 2 (A93-41976 17-12)
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Astronautics (General)
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