The Role of a Mobile Transporter in Large Space Structures Assembly and Maintenance

by R. W. Adkisson, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


Large space structures require a vehicle to support assembly, operations, and maintenance. These vehicles may be designed for specific tasks or for general use throughout the life of the space facility. Many of the system requirements for these vehicles will be common for various applications. This paper focuses on the phased Space Station mobile transporter as a representative support vehicle for large space structures. Four major areas of the mobile transporter are discussed: design requirements, system description, operations, and potential applications of the MT technology.

Subject Headings: Space structures | Space frames | Maintenance | Space stations | Building design | Lifeline systems | Aircraft and spacecraft | Support structures | Montana | United States

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