Systems Integration of Lunar Campsite Vehicles

by Stephen Capps, Boeing Defense and Space Group, Huntsville, United States,
Theron Ruff, Boeing Defense and Space Group, Huntsville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


This paper describes the configuration design and subsystems integration resolution for lunar Campsite vehicles and the crew vehicles (CVs) which support them. Briefly stated, this concept allows early return to the Moon while minimizing hardware development. Once in place, the Campsite can be revisited for extended periods. Configuration and operations issues are addressed, explanations of the parametric subsystem analysis are provided, as well as descriptions of the hardware concept and performance data. Within an assumed set of launch and mission constraints, a common vehicle stage design for both the Campsite and the CV landers was the chief design driver. Accommodation of a heatshielded, ballistic crew transportation/return vehicle, scars for later system growth and upgrades, landing the crew in close proximity to the Campsite, and appropriate kinds of robotic systems were all secondary design drivers. Physical integration of the crew module and airlock, structural system, thermal radiators, power production and storage systems, external life support consumables, and payloads are covered. The vehicle performance data were derived using a Boeing lunar transportation sizing code to optimize vehicle stage sizes and commonality. Configuration trades were conducted and detailed sketches were produced.

Subject Headings: Structural systems | Integrated systems | Moon | Vehicles | Driver behavior | Thermal power | System analysis | Parameters (statistics)

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