Space Station Truss Longevity

by D. W. O'Neal, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co, United States,
K. B. Kempster, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability

Abstract:

This paper describes the approaches taken to ensure Space Station truss longevity. The expected environmental and operational threats to structural integrity and the specific solutions to meeting the 30-year service lifetime of the truss structure are discussed.



Subject Headings: Space stations | Structural reliability | Load and resistance factor design | Space structures | Space truss | Environmental issues | Vehicles | Composite structures

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