Space Truss Construction Studies

by Jr.. Heard, Jr., NASA Langley Research Cent, United States,
Harold G. Bush, NASA Langley Research Cent, United States,
Judith J. Watson, NASA Langley Research Cent, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


The ACCESS Shuttle Flight Experiment, designed to evaluate EVA for on-orbit assembly of erectable truss structure, is reviewed and principal results are summarized. In addition, two on-going ground test programs that address EVA assembly of full scale Space Station truss structure using a mobile transporter are described. A typical truss joint design that enables EVA assembly while satisfying structural requirements is also presented. Preliminary results indicate that assembly rates in excess of one strut/min are achievable.

Subject Headings: Trusses | Space structures | Space truss | Space frames | Flight | Space stations | Joints | Full-scale tests

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