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Nonterrestrial material processing and manufacturing of large space systemsNonterrestrial processing of materials and manufacturing of large space system components from preprocessed lunar materials at a manufacturing site in space is described. Lunar materials mined and preprocessed at the lunar resource complex will be flown to the space manufacturing facility (SMF), where together with supplementary terrestrial materials, they will be final processed and fabricated into space communication systems, solar cell blankets, radio frequency generators, and electrical equipment. Satellite Power System (SPS) material requirements and lunar material availability and utilization are detailed, and the SMF processing, refining, fabricating facilities, material flow and manpower requirements are described.
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Conference Proceedings
Von Tiesenhausen, G.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Advanced Systems Office, Huntsville, Ala., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Meeting Information
Meeting: The enigma of the eighties: Environment, economics, energy; Twenty-fourth National Symposium and Exhibition
Location: San Francisco, CA
Start Date: May 8, 1979
End Date: May 10, 1979
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