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Exploration Space Suit Architecture and Destination Environmental-Based Technology DevelopmentThis paper continues forward where EVA Space Suit Architecture: Low Earth Orbit Vs. Moon Vs. Mars1 left off in the development of a space suit architecture that is modular in design and could be reconfigured prior to launch or during any given mission depending on the tasks or destination. This paper addresses the space suit system architecture and technologies required based on human exploration (EVA) destinations, and describes how these systems should evolve to meet the future exploration EVA needs of the US human space flight program. A series of exercises and analyses provided a strong indication that the Constellation Program space suit architecture, with its maximum reuse of technology and functionality across a range of mission profiles and destinations, is postured to provide a viable solution for future space exploration missions. The destination environmental analysis demonstrates that the modular architecture approach could provide the lowest mass and mission cost for the protection of the crew, given any human mission outside of low-Earth orbit. Additionally, some of the high-level trades presented here provide a review of the environmental and non-environmental design drivers that will become increasingly important as humans venture farther from Earth. This paper demonstrates a logical clustering of destination design environments that allows a focused approach to technology prioritization, development, and design that will maximize the return on investment, largely independent of any particular design reference mission.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hill, Terry R.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
McFarland, Shane M.
(MEI Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Korona, F. Adam
(Jacobs Technology, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2013
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
43rd Inter-national Conference on Environmental Systems Conference(Vail, CO)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 599891.01.01.03
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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