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Space Station tethered elevator systemThe optimized conceptual engineering design of a space station tethered elevator is presented. The tethered elevator is an unmanned, mobile structure which operates on a ten-kilometer tether spanning the distance between Space Station Freedom and a platform. Its capabilities include providing access to residual gravity levels, remote servicing, and transportation to any point along a tether. The report discusses the potential uses, parameters, and evolution of the spacecraft design. Emphasis is placed on the elevator's structural configuration and three major subsystem designs. First, the design of elevator robotics used to aid in elevator operations and tethered experimentation is presented. Second, the design of drive mechanisms used to propel the vehicle is discussed. Third, the design of an onboard self-sufficient power generation and transmission system is addressed.
Document ID
19940004515
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Haddock, Michael H. (University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, United States)
Anderson, Loren A. (University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, United States)
Hosterman, K. (University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, United States)
Decresie, E. (University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, United States)
Miranda, P. (University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, United States)
Hamilton, R. (University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1989
Publication Information
Publication: USRA, NASA(USRA University Advanced Design Program Fifth Annual Summer Conference
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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