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Unique methods for on-orbit structural repair, maintenance, and assemblyThis paper reviews the MDA independent research and development (IRAD) efforts since 1986 in the development of two distinctly different approaches to on-orbit tube repair: (1) one-piece mechanical tube fittings that are forced, under pressure, onto the tube outer surface to effect the repair; and (2) electron beam weldings as demonstrated with the Paton-developed universal hand tool (UHT) space welding system for the repair of fluid lines and tubular components. Other areas of potential on-orbit repair using the UHT include damage to the flat or curved surfaces of habitation modules and truss assemblies. This paper will also address MDA evaluation of the Paton UHT system for on-orbit coating, cleaning, brazing, and cutting of metals. MDA development of an on-orbit compatible nondestructive evaluation (NDE) system for the inspection of tube welds is an important part of this complete space welding capability and will be discussed in a separate paper.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Anderson, Ray
(McDonnell Aircraft Co. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Fuson, Phil
(McDonnell Aircraft Co. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Johnson Space Center, Seventh Annual Workshop on Space Operations Applications and Research (SOAR 1993), Volume 2
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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