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Automated Ground Umbilical Systems (AGUS) ProjectAll space vehicles require ground umbilical systems for servicing. Servicing requirements can include, but are not limited to, electrical power and control, propellant loading and venting, pneumatic system supply, hazard gas detection and purging as well as systems checkout capabilities. Of the various types of umbilicals, all require several common subsystems. These typically include an alignment system, mating and locking system, fluid connectors, electrical connectors and control !checkout systems. These systems have been designed to various levels of detail based on the needs for manual and/or automation requirements. The Automated Ground Umbilical Systems (AGUS) project is a multi-phase initiative to develop design performance requirements and concepts for launch system umbilicals. The automation aspect minimizes operational time and labor in ground umbilical processing while maintaining reliability. This current phase of the project reviews the design, development, testing and operations of ground umbilicals built for the Saturn, Shuttle, X-33 and Atlas V programs. Based on the design and operations lessons learned from these systems, umbilicals can be optimized for specific applications. The product of this study is a document containing details of existing systems and requirements for future automated umbilical systems with emphasis on design-for-operations (DFO).
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Gosselin, Armand M.
(United Space Alliance Cape Canaveral, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
April 26, 2007
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
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Meeting Information
Meeting: Space Visions Congress
Location: Cocoa Beach, FL
Country: United States
Start Date: April 26, 2007
End Date: April 28, 2007
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Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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