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Space Station tethered refueling facility operationsThe space-based orbital transfer vehicle will require a large cryogenic fuel storage facility at the Space Station. An alternative to fuel storage onboard the Space Station, is on a tethered orbital refueling facility (TORF) which is separated from the Space Station by a sufficient distance to induce a gravity gradient to settle the propellants. Facility operations are a major concern associated with a tethered LO2/LH2 storage depot. A study was carried out to analyze these operations so as to identify the preferred TORF deployment direction (up or down) and whether the TORF should be permanently or intermittently deployed. The analyses considered safety, contamination, rendezvous, servicing, transportation rate, communication, and viewing. An upwardly, intermittently deployed facility is the preferred configuration for a tethered cryogenic fuel storage.
Document ID
19860058008
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Kiefel, E. R.
(Martin Marietta Aerospace Denver, CO, United States)
Rudolph, L. K.
(Martin Marietta Aerospace Denver, CO, United States)
Fester, D. A.
(Martin Marietta Corp. Denver, CO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1986
Subject Category
Space Transportation
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 86-1606
Accession Number
86A42746
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS9-17059
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS9-17422
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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