Requirements and Concept for an On-Orbit Construction Facility for Phase 1 Space Station Freedom

by Robert W. Buchan, NASA Langley Research Cent, United States,
Richard M. Gates, NASA Langley Research Cent, United States,
Laura M. Waters, NASA Langley Research Cent, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Future NASA plans for exploring the solar system and programs such as the Large Deployable Reflector and Pathfinder require in-space construction for their success. The technologies required by these and other programs can be demonstrated by experiments conducted while attached to Space Station Freedom (SSF) if a construction facility is incorporated in the SSF design. The construction facility concept and associated equipment defined in this paper could provide Phase 1 SSF with the capability to accommodate many on-orbit assembly projects and other experiments without compromising SSF operations, control requirements, or future growth plans.

Subject Headings: Space stations | Space construction | Construction equipment | Federal government | Storage facilities | Building design | Vehicles | Space exploration

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