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The Space Station Freedom - International cooperation and innovation in space safetyThe Space Station Freedom (SSF) being developed by the United States, European Space Agency (ESA), Japan, and Canada poses novel safety challenges in design, operations, logistics, and program management. A brief overview discloses many features that make SSF a radical departure from earlier low earth orbit (LEO) space stations relative to safety management: size and power levels; multiphase manned assembly; 30-year planned lifetime, with embedded 'hooks and scars' forevolution; crew size and skill-mix variability; sustained logistical dependence; use of man, robotics and telepresence for on-orbit maintenance of station and free-flyer systems; closed-environment recycling; use of automation and expert systems; long-term operation of collocated life-sciences and materials-science experiments, requiring control and segregation of hazardous and chemically incompatible materials; and materials aging in space.
Document ID
19900026586
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Rodney, George A.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1989
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
IAF PAPER 89-615
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
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