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Forward Skirt Structural Testing on the Space Launch System (SLS) Program
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Author and Affiliation:
Lohrer, J. D.(Orbital ATK, Inc., Promontory, UT, United States);
Wright, R. D.(Orbital ATK, Inc., Promontory, UT, United States)
Abstract: Structural testing was performed to evaluate heritage forward skirts from the Space Shuttle program for use on the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) program. Testing was needed because SLS ascent loads are 35% higher than Space Shuttle loads. Objectives of testing were to determine margins of safety, demonstrate reliability, and validate analytical models. Testing combined with analysis was able to show heritage forward skirts were acceptable to use on the SLS program.
Publication Date: Jan 04, 2016
Document ID:
20160001832
(Acquired Feb 17, 2016)
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE; AERODYNAMICS
Report/Patent Number: M16-4957
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: AIAA SciTech 2016; 4-8 Jan. 2016; San Diego, CA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Reston, VA, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNM07AA75C
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 19p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights; under NASA contract NNM07AA75C
NASA Terms: SPACECRAFT LAUNCHING; SPACE SHUTTLE BOOSTERS; SKIRTS; STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS; ASCENT; AERODYNAMIC LOADS; AXIAL LOADS; STRAIN GAGES; ACOUSTIC EMISSION; DESIGN ANALYSIS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; LOAD TESTS; FINITE ELEMENT METHOD
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