Spacecab: A Concept for Commercial Human Spaceflight

by Andrew Petro, N.A.S.A. Johnson Space Center, Houston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper will describe the Spacecab conceptual design and operational scenario. Spacecab is not necessarily a unique design solution but it does illustrate a design philosophy that differs from that which typically drives the research and development efforts of government spaceflight agencies. The objective is a vehicle design that can be developed and operated by private industry in order to attract a whole new class of customers into the spaceflight market.

Subject Headings: Vehicles | Human and behavioral factors | Flight | Aircraft and spacecraft | Pressure vessels | Economic factors | Benefit cost ratios

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