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.

Subject Headings: Space stations | Space structures | Space frames | Structural design | Verification | Structural analysis | Structural safety | Structural reliability

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