Incremental Assembly Stage Concepts for Space Station Freedom: Structural Design and Verification

by Alan J. Lindenmoyer, NASA Space Station Freedom Program, Office, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability


The design and development of the U.S./International Space Station Freedom poses extreme technical and management challenges to the NASA/industry team. A comprehensive system engineering approach throughout all phases of the program from design, ground test and verification, on-orbit integration and verification and on-orbit operations must be accomplished to assure adequate integration, safety and reliability of all S.S. Freedom program elements. This paper describes the overall configuration and sequential on-orbit assembly concepts planned to complete Freedom's initial operating phase. Also presented are analytical approaches utilized to evaluate the spacecraft's structural adequacy and concepts for structural characterization and verification.

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