Space Station Freedom Attached Payloads and Commercialization

by N. Furio, GE AstroSpace, United States,
B. Pyfer, GE AstroSpace, United States,
R. B. Smith, Jr., GE AstroSpace, United States,
S. R. Hunt, GE AstroSpace, United States,
D. Suddeth, GE AstroSpace, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The Space Station Freedom (SSF) accommodates a class of payloads called external attached payloads. These payloads are attached to the main truss of Space Station Freedom through the use of Attached Payload Accommodation Equipment (APAE). The APAE provides a reusable structural support for the payloads as well as access to station resources such as electrical power, command, and data handling. While in orbit, payloads are installed and maintained by a teleoperated robot or by an astronaut in a space suit performing extra vehicular activity (EVA). This paper provides discussions of: 1) APAE design, capabilities and operations; 2) User integration activity related to APAE; and 3) commercialization for the APAE.

Subject Headings: Space stations | Payloads | Automation and robotics | Aerospace engineering | Space exploration | Space structures | Construction equipment | Power plants

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