Phased Assembly of a European Space Station

by David A. Nixon, Future Systems, Santa Monica, CA, United States,
Robin C. Huttenbach, Future Systems, Santa Monica, CA, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper discusses a phased assembly approach for a proposed European Space Station utilising a series of constructional payloads that are delivered to orbit in an established sequence over several years. The principal elements are derived from the Man Tended Free Flyer and Attached Pressurised Module of the Columbus programme. The host launch vehicle is the Ariane 5 with the Ariane Transfer Vehicle used to deliver elements to the required rendezvous point. The concept focuses on an incremental configuration build-up that is able to respond to budgetary uncertainties and scheduling changes while maintaining operational effectiveness and research value at all stages.

Subject Headings: Space stations | Vehicles | Space exploration | Budgets | Terminal facilities | Payloads | Orbits | Uncertainty principles | Ohio | United States | Europe

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